Name: Marlon

Origin and Meaning of the Name Marlon

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    (MAR lon)
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    Name apparently first brought to the public attention by the American actor Marlon Brando. The name was borne also by his father.

    It is of uncertain origin, possibly derived from Marc with the addition of the French diminutive suffix 'lon'. The actor's family is said to be of French origin.

    However, Marlon itself is not a French name, and the closest one can get to it in the French context is the family name Marlin, from the personal name Merlin.

    A last possibility would make of Marlon a variant of the surname Marland also used as a first name.

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