I also read this one in a book. Most see this name as outdated, but I love it. It makes me think of someone who is fun and flirty.

Marlene is a German name (pronounced /mar LAY na/; a contraction of Maria Magdalena. In English, it is pronounced /mar LEEN/, and it popularity rose and fell at the first half of the 20th century with other -leen/-lene names, like Arlene, Carleen etc.
See Also: Maria, Mary, Magdalena

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