Marlene: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Marlene

Marlene

Pronunciation: mahr-LEEN, mahr-LAY-nə (key)

Origin of the name Marlene:

German contraction of Maria Magdalene. The name was made popular through its connection to actress Marlene Dietrich (1901 - 92).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Lena, Marlee, Marlena, Marly, Marlyn

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Comments and insights on the name Marlene: | Edit

I think this name sounds pedestrian and too practical. Marlene Dietrich, (name pronounced Marlehna) sounds different than the American pronunciation. Ours (Marleene) is plain. Too bad we can't learn the correct pronunciation.

Personal experiences with the name Marlene: | Edit

I always enjoyed watching Marlene Dietrich act, and the name slowly grew on me. So, I told myself that if I ever had a girl, I would name her after the movie star--and I did.

Nicknames for Marlene: | Edit

Mar, Marly, Marlee, Lena, Mars, Mae, Lien, Marla, Marlenny

Meanings and history of the name Marlene: | Edit

German combination of the names Maria and Magdalene

Famous real-life people named Marlene: | Edit

Marlene Dietrich (born Marie Magdalene Dietrich), German actress and singer
Marlene Belfort, American biologist
Marlene Jennings, Canadian politician
Marlene Johnson, American politician and educator
Marlene Hagge, American golfer
Marlene Mathews, Australian sprinter

Marlene in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Marlene," song by Todd Rundgren http://www.rhapsody.com/todd-rundgren/something-anything--rhino/marlene/...
"Lili Marlene," popular WWII song sung by Marlene Dietrich
"Marlene" song by Jackson C. Frank. http://www.lyricsmania.com/marlene_lyrics_jackson_c_frank.html
Marlene Wallace, character in the Final Fantasy franchise

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