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Meaning of Marilyn

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The name Marilyn has the following meaning:

Often brings to mind Marilyn Monroe, a sexy American film icon. Combination of Mary and Lynn.
It is a female name, suitable for baby girls.


As a baby girl name, Marilyn is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 537 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Marilyn fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 16 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 584 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Marilyn in the USA, over the past 100 years.
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The name Marilyn is pronounced as mare-uh-lin


Marilyn originates from the English language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Marilyn and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Marilyn: Boys - Britton, Bud, Burleigh, Burley, Case, Coy, Dart, Ellsworth, Ernest, Ezell, Felton, General, Guss, Hoke, Irl, Irwin, Jefferson, Jerrell, Jett, Lawyer, Layton, Girls - Alvina, Arvilla, Delise, Fannie, Fanny, Fleta, Fonda, Heather, Jalyn, Janelle, Jaycee, Jazmyne, Leeann, Liana, Lorri, Maryellen, Melinda, Nautica, Queen, Serenity, Spring, Both genders - Aubrey, Broderick, Cassidy, Dorothy, Gay, Hunter, Infant, Larry, Lisa, London, Merritt, Paisley, Shelby, Tracy, Tyler


Popular Variants for the name Marilyn: Maralin, Maralyn, Maralynn, Marelyn, Marilee, Marilena, Marilin, Mariline, Marillyn, Marilynn (English), Marilynne, Marralynn, Marylin, Marylyn (English), Marylynn, Marylynne, Merilyn (English)


We think the name Marilyn should fall under the following style category: Classics.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Marilyn to be: Independent and well-liked

In one word, you might describe Marilyn as a(n) "independent" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Marilyn (or its variants) are:

Marilyn Monroe, born on 1 June, a famous actress. Marilyn Monroe's background: Golden Globe award winning American actress, singer, model, Hollywood icon, Cultural icon, beauty ideal, fashion icon, pop icon and sex symbol. She was known for her comedic acting roles and screen presence. Monroe became one of the most popular movie stars of the 1950s and early 1960s. During the later stages of her career, she worked towards serious roles and her fame surpassed that of any other entertainer of her time. Her premature death was classified as a 'probable suicide'. Many individuals including Jack Clemmons, the first LAPD Police officer to arrive at the death scene believed that she was murdered. She is the only female on the Forbes top earning dead celebrities list.

Marilyn Miller, born on 1 September, a famous singer . Marilyn Miller's background: One of the most popular Broadway musical stars of the 1920s and early 1930s. She was an accomplished tap dancer, singer and actress, but it was the combination of these talents that endeared her to audiences. On stage she usually played rags-to-riches Cinderella characters who lived happily ever after. By contrast her personal life was marked by tragedy and illness, ending in her untimely death at age 37.

Marilyn Burns, born on 5 July, a famous politician. Marilyn Burns's background: Politician and civil lawyer from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Marilyn was extensively involved with the Alberta Alliance Party, holding a number of positions in the party's executive council, from late 2003 to June 2006. Marilyn ran for the Alliance in the 2004 Alberta provincial election, in the riding of Stony Plain. She had one of the stronger Alberta Alliance showings in the capital region, finishing a strong third. Marilyn was the official justice critic and Vice President of Communications for the Alberta Alliance in 2004 and 2005 until she stepped out of those positions to run for the leadership of the party. She was a very vocal critic in the media of the Klein government's handling on everything from auto insurance to same sex marriage. Her work was valuable to help Paul Hinman, the Alliance's first elected of the legislative assembly. At the leadership convention, held November 18 & 19, 2005 she lost to Paul Hinman on the third and final ballot. Marilyn was the only woman of
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