Eng (mar-LEEN); Germ (mahr-LEH-neh)
The name experienced a surge in popularity in Germany during WWII due to a popular song, Lili Marleen.
In the United States, the name was introduced by German actress, Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992), who was born Maria Magdalena von Losch.
Currently, in German-speaking countries, the name is experiencing a revival, it is the 29th most popular female name in Austria, (2010) and the 41st most popular in Germany. In the United States, she stands at # 902, (2010)
Other forms of the name include:
- Marleen (Dutch/German)
- Marla (English/German)
- Marlene (English/German/Scandinavian)
- Marlène (French)
- Marlen (German)
- Marilena (Italian)
- Marlena (Polish/Slovene)