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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Marilyn mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Marilyn

"Marilyn" is a name of American origin, and it means "Combination of Mary and Lynn". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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A twentieth century blend of Mary and Lynn.

  1. A female given name.

Named after Marilyn Monroe, as a pun on Munro (“any Scottish mountain taller than 3,000 feet”).

  1. (Britain) A mountain or hill with a relative height of at least 150 metres

    Notable Persons Named Marilyn

    Marilyn Monroe was an actress, model, and singer. She was most active from 1945 to present. Marilyn was given the name Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1st, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Marilyn is also known as Norma Jeane Baker. She breathed her last breath on August 5th, 1962.

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    Marilyn Manson is an industrial rock, industrial metal, hard rock, alternative metal, and shock rock musician. His ongoing career started in 1989. Marilyn was given the name Brian Hugh Warner on January 5th, 1969 in Canton, Ohio, U.S.

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    Kim Novak is an actress and artist. She was most active from 1954 to 1991. Kim was given the name Marilyn Pauline Novak on February 13th, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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    Marilyn vos Savant is an author. Marilyn was given the name Marilyn Mach on August 11th, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

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    Marilyn is a new wave, pop, dance, and new wave music musician. He was most prominent from 1983 to present. Marilyn was given the name Peter Antony Robinson on November 3rd, 1962 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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    Marilyn Milian is a judge, legal education, celebrity, law professor, and television personality. Marilyn was born on May 1st, 1961 in Astoria, New York, U.S.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Marilyn

    Marilyn is a new wave, pop, dance, and new wave music musician. He was most prominent from 1983 to present. Marilyn was given the name Peter Antony Robinson on November 3rd, 1962 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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    How popular is the baby name Marilyn in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1899 5 5 0
    1900 12 12 0
    1901 6 6 0
    1903 11 11 0
    1904 6 6 0
    1905 10 10 0
    1906 24 24 0
    1907 17 17 0
    1908 25 25 0
    1909 21 21 0
    1910 18 18 0
    1911 31 31 0
    1912 56 56 0
    1913 58 58 0
    1914 75 75 0
    1915 109 109 0
    1916 146 146 0
    1917 164 164 0
    1918 245 245 0
    1919 404 404 0
    1920 522 522 0
    1921 696 696 0
    1922 1,703 1,698 5
    1923 2,287 2,287 0
    1924 2,865 2,860 5
    1925 3,419 3,419 0 #83 girl name
    1926 4,380 4,370 10 #65 girl name
    1927 5,576 5,555 21 #46 girl name
    1928 6,086 6,066 20 #38 girl name
    1929 6,759 6,727 32 #33 girl name
    1930 9,316 9,287 29 #22 girl name
    1931 9,697 9,666 31 #19 girl name
    1932 10,605 10,567 38 #16 girl name
    1933 9,149 9,125 24 #16 girl name
    1934 9,420 9,382 38 #17 girl name
    1935 10,448 10,415 33 #14 girl name
    1936 11,103 11,065 38 #13 girl name
    1937 9,783 9,738 45 #13 girl name
    1938 9,781 9,745 36 #19 girl name
    1939 9,571 9,539 32 #19 girl name
    1940 8,741 8,700 41 #25 girl name
    1941 8,585 8,553 32 #30 girl name
    1942 9,938 9,906 32 #27 girl name
    1943 10,175 10,145 30 #27 girl name
    1944 9,759 9,737 22 #27 girl name
    1945 9,551 9,534 17 #27 girl name
    1946 10,732 10,711 21 #29 girl name
    1947 11,904 11,880 24 #29 girl name
    1948 9,951 9,935 16 #33 girl name
    1949 9,881 9,867 14 #33 girl name
    1950 9,301 9,286 15 #37 girl name
    1951 9,170 9,150 20 #41 girl name
    1952 9,816 9,804 12 #38 girl name
    1953 10,758 10,736 22 #36 girl name
    1954 10,828 10,812 16 #35 girl name
    1955 8,428 8,409 19 #49 girl name
    1956 6,951 6,926 25 #70 girl name
    1957 5,746 5,737 9 #82 girl name
    1958 4,960 4,945 15 #96 girl name
    1959 4,362 4,348 14
    1960 4,079 4,070 9
    1961 3,810 3,794 16
    1962 3,620 3,607 13
    1963 3,328 3,316 12
    1964 2,798 2,791 7
    1965 2,502 2,489 13
    1966 2,001 1,995 6
    1967 1,971 1,960 11
    1968 1,583 1,576 7
    1969 1,406 1,397 9
    1970 1,263 1,257 6
    1971 1,222 1,215 7
    1972 869 859 10
    1973 784 772 12
    1974 730 724 6
    1975 658 652 6
    1976 649 649 0
    1977 610 610 0
    1978 640 634 6
    1979 567 558 9
    1980 580 580 0
    1981 579 579 0
    1982 582 582 0
    1983 612 612 0
    1984 517 509 8
    1985 528 522 6
    1986 493 488 5
    1987 532 532 0
    1988 551 546 5
    1989 636 628 8
    1990 582 582 0
    1991 584 584 0
    1992 680 680 0
    1993 604 599 5
    1994 553 553 0
    1995 581 576 5
    1996 611 611 0
    1997 572 566 6
    1998 517 517 0
    1999 481 481 0
    2000 520 520 0
    2001 552 552 0
    2002 506 506 0
    2003 514 514 0
    2004 497 497 0
    2005 511 511 0
    2006 597 597 0
    2007 598 598 0
    2008 544 544 0
    2009 519 519 0
    2010 534 534 0
    2011 532 532 0
    2012 742 742 0
    2013 837 837 0
    2014 796 796 0
    2015 748 748 0
    2016 630 630 0
    2017 580 580 0

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    Popularity of Marilyn as a first name

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    Common last names for Marilyn

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Miller
    • Brown
    • Williams
    • Davis
    • Jones
    • Anderson
    • Wilson
    • Martin
    • Moore
    • White
    • Taylor
    • Thompson
    • Clark
    • Thomas
    • Harris
    • Peterson
    • Baker
    • Robinson

    Fun Facts about the name Marilyn

    • What name lists does Marilyn rank for?
    • How Popular is the name Marilyn? Marilyn is the 184th most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Marilyn have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 371,368 babies born with the first name Marilyn in the United States. That's more than enough people named Marilyn to occupy the country of Bahamas with an estimated population of 353,658 (as of May 3, 2010).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Marilyn? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1899 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Marilyn first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Marilyn is Sunday, July 27th, 1862.
    • What year had the most people named Marilyn born? The highest recorded use of the first name Marilyn was in 1947 with a total of 11,880 babies. That's a lot of babies named Marilyn!
    • Random Marilyn Factoid: According to the 1927 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Marilyn ranks 33rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, 861 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1927.
    • Weird things about the name Marilyn: Your name in reverse order is Nyliram. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ilryamn. How do you pronounce that?

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