I LOVE THIS. I definitely like it pronounced Mar-laina. I think it would also be cute spelled Marlaina.
Marlena is also Latvian. The name day for Marlena in Latvia is May 24. Sources:
Throughout the Italian rock band Måneskin’s album “Il ballo fella vita,” the lyrics make frequent reference to “Marlena.” According to the band, Marlena represents them, their fans, beauty, love, etc. In their songs, it is pronounced mar-EH-nah (mar.ˈlɛ̃.na).
Not bad.
Also Slovene:
This name was also sometimes used in the Soviet Union, as a compound of Marx + Lenin.
Marlene Dietrich pronounced hers Mar-Lay-Na even though it's not spelled that way. My mother gave me my middle name after her, Marlene, but pronounced it Mar-Leen. I changed it to Marlena, pronounced Mar-Lay-Na. I love it now.
Queen Marlena is the mother of He-Man and She-Ra.
I really like this name for some reason. I would probably use this, even if it was just a middle name.
There's a song by The Wallflowers called "Three Marlenas" on their 1996 album Bringing Down the Horse. In the song, the name is pronounced "mar-LAY-na." That's how I've always pronounced it as well. A beautiful name and a beautiful song!
I love this name, so beautiful and sophisticated. I prefer the Mar-LAY-nah spelling, but also like Mar-LEE-nah.
This is my name and it's pronounced (Mar-LAY-nah). I think it sounds more elegant that way.
I hate this name. I knew a really nasty girl named Marlena who always made fun of my clothes, and I can't see this name without thinking of her.
The name Marlena was given to 79 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
This name is so pretty, I like it pronounced mar-lay-na :)
I love the name Marlena, it's so gorgeous and pretty and can be shortened to Lena, which I love as well. Also Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is an awesome, recommended book too. Awesome name!
I like it. It's feminine without sounding ditzy and frilly. It also sounds like the name of a girl who is nice and down to earth. I don't like how Christian it is, though.
My name is Marlena (but I'm known to everyone as Marley). It's pronounced "mar-LAY-nuh". I think that's the most common English pronunciation.
The accurate meaning of the name Marlena is "bittersweet".
Marlena is currently my second favorite name. Marlena Diamond was Lizzy Caplan's character in Cloverfield, and Marlena was also a character in Sara Gruen's bestseller "Water for Elephants".
Marlena was the girl who blew up in Cloverfield. Even so, watching the movie, I was struck by the beauty of the name.
Marlena is the name of a character on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives".
I pronounce this mar-LAY-nah.
This is such a beautiful elegant name.
Marlena has appeared on the top 1000 list since the 1970's to the end of the 1990's. Its most popular year was the 1980's where it ranked 716.
In Polish it is pronounced mar-LEN-a and in English it is most often pronounced mar-LANE-a.
I like this name a lot, but prefer it pronounced mar-LEN-uh.
I love Marlena. I'm naming my doll that I'm buying Marlena. It's such a gorgeous name!

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