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Gender: Female Origin of Marilyn: English, combination of Mary and Lynn Meaning of Lynn: Diminutive of Linda or Welsh, "lake" Marilyn's Popularity in 2017: #528

The name Marilyn is a girl's name of English origin. Marilyn is ranked #528 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Girl Names Ending in Lyn and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibset makeover game! Girls version".

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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.

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Famous People Named Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson/Baker), iconic American actress
Marilyn Pauline "Kim" Novak, American actress
Marilyn Chambers, stage name of Marilyn Ann Briggs, American adult film actress
Marilyn Horne, American opera singer
Marilyn Meseke, Miss America 1938
Marilyn Buferd, Miss America 1946
Marilyn McKnight, Miss America 1958
Marilyn Denis, Canadian TV host
Marilyn (Keith) Bergman, American songwriter
Manfrey Lecta "Marilyn" Duke, American pop singer
Marilyn Miller (born Mary Ellen Reynolds), American actress
Marilyn McCoo, American actress and singer of The 5th Dimension
Marilyn Border, American actress; twin of sister Roz Borden
Marilyn French, American feminist author
Marilyn Tucker Quayle, Second Lady of the U.S. as wife of VP Dan Quayle
Marilyn vos Savant, American advice columnist and record holder for highest IQ
Marilyn (Rovell) Wilson-Rutherford, American singer; first wife of musician Brian Wilson; mother of singers Carnie and Wendy Wilson
Marilyn Manson, stage name of Brian Hugh Warner, American male singer
Marilyn, stage name of Peter Robinson, Jamaican-British male singer

Pop Culture References for the name Marilyn

Marilyn Truman, character on TV's "Will & Grace"
Marilyn Sudor, character on TV's "Boston Public"
Marilyn Lovell, character in film "Apollo 13"
Marilyn Whirlwind, character on TV's "Northern Exposure"
Marilyn Nesbit, one time character in Law and Order: SVU