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Gender: Female Origin of Marlene: German variation of Madeline; combination of Mary and Magdalen Meaning of Madeline: English variation of Magdalen, "high tower or woman from Magdala"

The name Marlene is a girl's name of German origin. Marlene and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Marlene Dietrich made it famous when she condensed her first two names, Maria and Magdalena. Now more often pronounced with two syllables rather than three.

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Famous People Named Marlene

Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich, German actress
Marlene Favela, Mexican actress
Marlene Hagge, American pro golfer
Marlène Jobert, French actress and children's book author, mother of actress Eva Green
Marlene King, American TV producer
Marlene van Niekerk, South African author
Marlene Weingärtner, German tennis player

Pop Culture References for the name Marlene

Marlene McKinnon, character in the "Harry Potter" series
Marlene Wallace, character in video game Final Fantasy VII
Marlene, character in the Divergent series
Marlene Griggs-Knope, Leslie's mother on TV's "Parks and Recreation"
"Martha Marcy May Marlene," 2011 film


MargotBear Says:


I love this name! Classic and beautiful!

headintheclouds Says:


Due to Marlene Dietrich, this name just seems so glamorous and film-noir to me. I couldn't imagine this name on a baby girl or on anyone who didn't look like a platinum-haired sharp-cheekboned, pencil-eyebrowed bombshell in a black and white photograph!

actingfun Says:


I prefer Maureen, but this is cute.

tracyseymour1 Says:


This is my Godmother's name. I believe she was born in 1947 or 1948...

TheLegitObesePanda Says:


I'm late, but I fell in love with this name because I adored the film Martha Marcy May Marlene starring Elizabeth Olsen in the lead role.

servals_ Says:


love the nickname Marley for a girl

claraminta Says:


I like the name Marlene. It's kind of cute.

Shishi Says:


i actually LOVE this....idk why

Guest Says:


I normally wouldn't go for a name with this early-20th century feel but I think it's kinda cute. And my dear aunt Hazel's middle name was Marlena so that's probably what makes me like it.