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Beautiful name. I don't think I've heard it before.
Luvbug86  4/15/2019
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I've also heard it pronounced mahr-LEEN, with the accent on the second syllable. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  4/15/2019
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This name is probably also used as a pet form of Margaret, in the same way that Charlene comes from Charlotte. Sort of matches.
Hushpuppy  2/23/2019
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In 2018, 74 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Marlene who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 465th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/19/2018
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On the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation" Marlene Griggs-Knope was the mother of one of the show's main characters, Leslie Knope.
― Anonymous User  10/9/2018
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This name is one name that, when I look on groups like HelloTalk and Tandem for learning German, I see a lot. So I'm guessing this is popular?
I had a similar experience with Russians named Alyona.
It's easy to understand why this may be popular, as the pronunciation in German is very nice, but not entirely frilly.
mememan28  9/27/2018
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Marlene (surname unknown) is a popular star on the since deceased 'vine' application, who was informed by her friend that her 'speech was so good'.
futuremother99  9/27/2018
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In the same group as cringy Darlene and Charlene.
kayisforkeen  9/15/2018
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The name Marlene was given to 150 girls born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2018
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I have this name. I pronounce it Mar-LEN. A lot of people say it Mar-LEEN though I'm fine with that. I love my name. It's unique and I've never met anyone with the same name as me.
Marlene1218  8/20/2017
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Marlene Dietrich's given name was always Marie Magdalene Dietrich, not Maria von Losch. [noted -ed]
otter  7/11/2017
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I love my contemporary name, Marlene Hurwitz!
marlenehurwitz  6/3/2017
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Marlene Weingärtner is a retired professional tennis player from Germany. She is a former top 40 player in both singles and doubles.
lilolaf  4/15/2017
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I do happen to like this name but I admit, it does sound dated. I can only picture the name on an older woman such as in her late 40's or older. It doesn't sound fitting for a modern day child but someone may think otherwise. Marley is always a nickname option.
― Anonymous User  12/6/2016
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The name Marlene was given to 214 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
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Marlene is the name of the leader of the Fireflies, a rebel group searching for a cure in the game of the Last of Us.
Jackun  3/22/2015
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One of the most classiest names for a girl. I don't know why this name is almost never used anymore.
twlightblack11  2/28/2015
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I used to have this as a first name. I was born in 1972, so it was uncommon by that time. Nobody could remember it, spell it, or pronounce it, and it was viewed as a "weird name". No matter the pronunciations I tried, I always thought it was a horrible name that didn't suit me at all. I was so happy when I finally legally changed it in my twenties. Granted, this is just my personal feeling, but please consider how this name will sound for a girl in this day and age. Anyone who doesn't remember the song "Lili Marleen"--when it came out--is too young and modern for this old, dreary name.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2014
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This name is really starting to grow on me. I like it pronounced mar-lane.
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
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Marlene is my grandmas name. It's OK but won't suit a child. I only know one Marlene (grandma) so if your name is Marlene, you probably won't meet any other Marlene's! Marlene may sound like a boring name, but my grandma isn't! Marlene may sound boring because it's a bit dated. But, in my family, it's used as a middle name recently.
Melys11  1/2/2013
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I already think this sounds like an "old lady name" (there really isn't a lot of youth to it), but it doesn't help that I went to grammar school with an horrible girl named Marlene. I admit, that has colored my perception.
erb816  9/6/2010
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Seeing as this name came from a combination of Maria and Magdalene, then the name's true meaning is "Daughter of Maria/Mary". Magdalene means "Woman of Magdala" from Magda of Magdala and -lene which apparently means "of" like for example names of Arabian origins ending in -ez which means "son/daughter of". Combining the Mar from Maria and the -lene from Magdalene should give the name Marlene this meaning "Daughter of Maria/Mary". Besides, "Woman of Maria" sounds silly.
Ryuu Lynx  8/7/2010
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This is the name of a character in Only Fools and Horses.
― Anonymous User  4/15/2010
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The German name Marlene is neither pronounced mar-LEN-a nor mar-LE-na, it's neither a "len" sound in the middle nor a "lee" sound. It's mar-LEH-nə, with the "nə" pronounced like the first syllable of the name "Nerissa" in English. The "leh" syllable is roughly pronounced like "lay" in English, but without so much "ay", just a long German "e".
LoQuiero  4/15/2009
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I don't like the -ene ending of this name. It makes it sound like an old-fashioned US country girl name.
slight night shiver  4/30/2008
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This name is also used a lot in Norway, pronounced something like Mahr-LEN-uh with a long e sound.
― Anonymous User  4/17/2008
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Pronounced mahr-LE-na (German), second a pronounced like first E.
Sirup  4/8/2008
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There was a character mentioned in Harry Potter named Marlene McKinnon. She was in the Order of the Phoenix and died during the first war.
― Anonymous User  2/26/2008
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Marlene is the name of a character in Squaresoft's legendary title Final Fantasy VII, and many related works.
Lomesir  12/20/2007
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I love this name! My aunt has this name and it fits her to a tee. Pretty, sophisticated, and sweet.
Honeyrose  7/29/2007
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Abby Dalton's birth name is Marlene Wasden.
CharlieRob  5/5/2007
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I like the German pronunciation of this name, especially since it reminds me of Marlene Dietrich. But I don't like the English version that much. It sounds like the Irish names ending in '-een, ' some of which I like but others sound very dated.
― Anonymous User  4/23/2007
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I just love this name, very classy. I have only known one person with this name, many years ago, and she was very smart, sweet, quiet and pretty and pronounced her name MAHR-leen.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2006
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Marlene came onto the top 1000 list in the 1920's with its most popular year being the 1930's.
― Anonymous User  9/20/2006
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Listen to the German pronunciation of Marlene here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html
_satu_  9/3/2006
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I have a friend who pronounces it Mar-LEN.
prisca  7/2/2006
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Marlene Dietrich's name is either pronounced mar-LEN-a or mar-LANE-a - not MAHR-leen.
ADT  6/19/2006
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I just love this name. It's an oldie but a goodie. It sounds very classy.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
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In the Netherlands (I'm not sure about other non-English countries) it's pronounced as mar-LAYN-uh.
marlene  10/1/2005
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I've heard Marlene be pronounced as "mar-LEEN-a" and I've taken to pronouncing it as "mar-LAYN-a".
gaelruadh19  4/28/2005

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