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"

Marlene Origin and Meaning

The name Marlene is a girl's name of German origin.

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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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.