Heartmar-LEEN, mar-LAY-nah
German variation of Madeline; combination of Mary and Magdalen

Marlene Origin and Meaning

The name Marlene is 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.

Marlene Popularity

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Famous People Named Marlene

  • Marie Magdalene "Marlene" DietrichGerman actress
  • Marlene FavelaMexican actress
  • Marlene HaggeAmerican pro golfer
  • Marlène JobertFrench actress and children's book author, mother of actress Eva Green
  • Marlene KingAmerican TV producer
  • Marlene van NiekerkSouth African author
  • Marlene WeingärtnerGerman tennis player

Marlene in Pop Culture

  • Marlene McKinnoncharacter in the "Harry Potter" series
  • Marlene Wallacecharacter in video game Final Fantasy VII
  • Marlenecharacter in the Divergent series
  • Marlene GriggsKnope, Leslie's mother on TV's "Parks and Recreation"
  • "Martha Marcy May Marlene" 2011 film