[ 2 syll. mar-ley, ma-rl-ey ] The baby boy name Marley is also used as a girl name, and more frequently so. It is pronounced as MAARLiy- †. Marley is an English name of Old English origin. The first name is derived from the surname, which is itself of the Old English meaning 'pleasant wood', probably in reference to a place name. The first name has in modern times been bestowed in honor of the Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter Bob Marley (1945-1981). The name Marlee (English) is the female equivalent of Marley. Marl, Marle, Marlea, Marleah, Marlee, Marleigh, Marli, and Marlie are variants of Marley. Marly (English variant spelling) is another form of Marley.
Marley is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 2009 with 0.013% of baby boys being given the name Marley. Its ranking then was #790. The baby name has since markedly fallen in popularity, and is now of sporadic use. Among all boy names in its group, Marley was nonetheless the most frequently used in 2012. Marley has in the past century been predominantly given to girls. In 2010, Marley as a girl name outnumbered its use as a boy name by 6 times.
Baby names that sound like Marley include Marlea, Marlee, Marli, Marlie, Marly, Marleigh, Marlo, Marloe, Marlow, Marlowe, Merel, Merell, Meriel, Meril, Merill, Merla, Merlo, Merlow, Merlowe, and Merrel.
† Pronunciation for Marley: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"