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Gender: F Origin of Marilyn: English, combination of Mary and Lynn Meaning of Lynn: Diminutive of Linda or Welsh, "lake" Marilyn's Popularity in 2013: #373

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For a name that was in the Top 20 for a whole decade--the 1930's--Marilyn has attained the status of almost a one-person name. Just say the name Marilyn, and most people will know who you mean. Yet strangely enough, though Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jean and renamed in tribute to earlier star Marilyn Miller) was the sex symbol of her generation, very little stardust adhered to her name. In fact, when Mariah Carey wished to honor the star in her daughter's name, she chose to call her Monroe rather than Marilyn.

There have, however, been a number of other notable Marilyns, including opera singer Horne, novelist French and lyricist Bergman--not to mention male musician Marilyn Manson (nee Brian). Actress Kim Novak was born Marilyn.

And since there were more than seven hundred babies named Marilyn last year, it is clearly still a viable choice.

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Famous People Named Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe, iconic American actress
Marilyn Pauline Novak, birth name of American actress Kim Novak
Marilyn Horne, American opera singer
Marilyn Meseke, Miss America 1938
Marilyn Buferd, Miss America 1946
Marilyn McKnight, Miss America 1958
Mariyln Denis, Canadian Talk Show Host
Marilyn Miller, Broadway star
Marilyn McCoo, American actress and singer
Marilyn Border, American actress; twin sister Roz Borden

Pop Culture References for the Name Marilyn

My Week With Marilyn, British Drama Film (2011)
Marilyn Truman, from TV series "Will & Grace"
Marilyn Sudor, character from the TV series Boston Public
Marilyn Lovell, from the movie "Apollo 13"
Marilyn Whirlwind, character from TV series "Northern Exposure"

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