Arlene - Meaning of Arlene
[ 3 syll. ar-le-ne, arl-ene ] The baby girl name Arlene is pronounced as aaRLIYIYN †. Arlene's origin, as well as its use, is in the English language. The form Arline was first invented by Michael Balfe for the lead role in his opera The Bohemian Girl (1843). However, the usual forms of the name most likely developed as diminutives of names such as Charlene, Darlene, and Marlene, and have been taken up as independent names in recent times, initially in the USA.
Arlene is a widely used name; it has 38 variations that are used in English and other languages. Variations of Arlene used in English include Airleas, Airlen, Arlana, Arlane, Arleana, Arlee, Arleene, Arlein, Arleine, Arlen, Arlena, Arlenis, Arlenna, Arlet, Arleta, Arletha, Arletta, Arlette, Arletty, Arleyne, Arli, Arlien, Arliene, Arlin, Arlina, Arlinda, Arline, Arlis, Arly, and Arlyn. The familiar forms Arla and Arlie, and the variant spellings Arlean and Arleen are other English forms. A variation of the name in other languages is Arleth (Spanish).
The origin and thus the meaning of Arlene is inherited by all variant forms.
See also the related form, Arlinda.
Arlene is rare as a baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1936, 0.362% of baby girls were given the name Arlene. It was #54 in rank then. The baby name has suffered a marked fall in popularity since then, and is currently of very light use. Out of the family of girl names directly linked to Arlene, Arlette was the most frequently used in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Arlene include Arline, Arlyn, Arlyne, Aaralin, Aaralinn, Aaralinne, Aaralyn, Aralin, Aralinn, Aralinne, Aureline, Orleene, Arlean, Arleen, Arleene, Arlein, Arleine, Arlen, Arleyne, and Arliene.
† Pronunciation for Arlene: 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)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
A famous person named Arlene is Arlene Francis, Actress, born Arlene Francis Kazanjian 20 October 1907 - 31 May 2001, Boston, Massachusetts.