Variation of Marlow, English

Marlowe Origin and Meaning

The name Marlowe is a girl's name of English origin meaning "driftwood".

Is it Marlo, Marlow, or Marlowe? Suddenly they all seem very much in the air, in tune with rhyming cousins Harlow and Arlo. It all started when Margaret Julia Thomas began being known as Marlo (after being previously nicknamed Margie and Marlow). More recently, Jason Schwartzman used the e-ending version for his young daughter, Marlowe Rivers, as did Sienna Miller for her baby girl Marlowe Ottoline.

While we love the o-sound at the end and think that Marlo or Marlow or Marlowe, however it's spelling, has an attractively lush sound, we do find the trio a bit confusing.

Marlowe is, of course, a popular surname, going back to sixteen century poet and playwright Christopher and also exemplified by iconic Raymond Chandler private eye Philip.

# 836 in the US

Marlowe Rank in US Top 1000

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Marlowe Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Marlowe Popularity

Famous People Named Marlowe

  • Marlowe PeytonAmerican actress
  • Marlowe Rivers Schwartzman (b. 2010)daughter of actor Jason Schwartzman
  • Marlowe Ottoline Layng Sturridge (b. 2012) daughter of actors Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge
  • Marlowe Monroe Bratcher (b. 2014)daughter of actress Jenna von Oy and Brad Bratcher
  • Marlowe Mae Martino (b. 2014)daughter of soccer player and actress Kyle and Eva Amurri Martino
  • Marlowe Masterson Stowell (b. 2015)daughter of actress Alanna Masterson and photographer Brick Stowell
  • Violet Marlowe Followill (b.2012) daughter of musicians Nathan Followill and Jessie Baylin

Marlowe in Pop Culture

  • Marlowe Lassiterwife of main character Carlton Lassiter on TV's "Psych"
  • Katherine Marlowecharacter in "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception"
  • Lucien Marlowegenderqueer character in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain