[ 2 syll. ar-len, arl-en ] The baby boy name Arlen is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is AARLeh-N †. Arlen is largely used in the English language, and its origin is Irish Gaelic and Germanic. From Irish Gaelic roots, its meaning is a pledge.
Arlen is a variant of the name Harlan (English).
Arlen is rare as a baby name for boys. At the modest peak of its usage in 1934, 0.019% of baby boys were given the name Arlen. Its ranking then was #381. The baby name has since suffered a marked loss in popularity, and is now of very light use. Out of the group of boy names directly linked to Arlen, Harlan was the most widely used in 2018. Arlen has in the past century been predominantly given to baby boys.
† Pronunciation for Arlen: AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"