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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Marl
To cover, as part of a rope, with marline, marking a pecular hitch at each turn to prevent unwinding.

Etymology: See Marline

noun Marl
A mixed earthy substance, consisting of carbonate of lime, clay, and sand, in very variable proportions, and accordingly designated as calcareous, clayey, or sandy. See Greensand.

Etymology: OF. marle, F. marne, LL. margila, dim. of L. marga marl. Originally a Celtic word, according to Pliny, xvii. 7: “Quod genus terræ Galli et Britanni margam vocant.” √274

verb Marl
To overspread or manure with marl; as, to marl a field.

Etymology: Cf. F. marner. See Marl (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A loose and crumbling earthy deposit consisting mainly of calcite or dolomite; used as a fertilizer for soils deficient in lime

From Old French marle from Late Latin marglia, diminutive of marga (“marl”).

  1. A mixed earthy substance, consisting of carbonate of lime, clay, and possibly sand, in very variable proportions, and accordingly designated as calcareous, clayey, or sandy.

Notable Persons Named Marl

Marl was born in 1917. He left this life on April 29th, 2009.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Marl

Marley Marl is a hip hop music chief executive officer, disc jockey, record producer, and rapping. He plays E-mu SP-1200 and Roland TR-808. He was most active from 1983 to present. Marley was given the name Marlon Williams on September 30th, 1962 in New York City.


Wolfgang Marl is an athlete for the SV Bad Aussee.


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Popularity of Marl as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Marl U.S.
  White 84.40% 64.26%
  African American 4.26% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.09% 16.26%

Of Last Name Marl

People with the last name Marl are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Marl

  • How Popular is the name Marl? Marl is the 34,450th most popular name of all time. As a last name Marl was the 122,314th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Marl have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 116 babies born with the first name Marl in the United States. That's more than enough people named Marl to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Marl? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Marl first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Marl is Friday, March 2nd, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Marl born? The highest recorded use of the first name Marl was in 1921 with a total of 8 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Marl: Your name in reverse order is Lram. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Larm. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Marl? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 141 people with the last name Marl.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Marl? Marl is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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