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Quick Facts on Marley

  • Gender:
  • Unisex
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Marten wood clearing, Pleasant

Characteristics of Marley

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Marley

Marley is the transferred use of a long-established English surname of Anglo-Saxon origins. Marley was derived from a place name located in several different areas of England. The Olde English elements “mearth” meaning “marten” plus “lēah” meaning “wood clearing” gave birth to the name Marley. A marten is a short-legged, bushy-tailed animal that lives in northern forests and trees. There are several places called Marley in England (e.g., Devon, Kent and West Yorkshire). Alternately, some etymologies believe that Marley is derived from a nickname, from the Olde English word “myrig” meaning “pleasant”. As a surname, Marley dates back to the 12th century. The usage of Marley as a given name (primarily female) began in the United States at the end of the 20th century and was most likely influenced by the reggae musician and Jamaican singer Bob Marley (1945-1981). Later Marley’s popularity as a given name was cemented by a popular book-turned-Hollywood-film called “Marley & Me” (2008). Marley is also sometimes considered a pet form of the name Marlene.

Popularity of the Name Marley

In the United States Marley is a relatively new coinage. It began as a girl’s name in 1994 and very slowly climbed the charts until jumping forward almost 250 positions in one year alone. That year was 2008; the peak-popularity achieved by Marley at position #143 on the female naming charts. Not surprisingly, 2008 was the year the film “Marley & Me” was released starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston about a rascally and lovable Labrador retriever named Marley. 2008 is also the first year that Marley appeared on the boy’s naming chart, making this name officially unisex. Although, it should be noted, American parents are ten-times more likely to give this name to their little girls vs. boys. At this point, we expect Marley to become almost entirely female within the next few years – not to mention that several variations have been created for girls such as Marlee, Marleigh and Marlie. These new respellings take the name farther away from its original reggae roots or from the sweet dog that would later inspire the name further up the charts. In more recent years, however, Marley has seen more significant drops in usage suggesting it may have been a fleeting fad. One other thing to consider before choosing this name: Marley (like Riley, Bailey, Daisy) is a very common dog’s name. You're still more likely to find a higher number of Marleys at your local kennel than at your local schoolyard.
Popularity of the Unisex Name Marley
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Marley

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Marley

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Marley

    Marley We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Marley.

  • Popular Songs on Marley

    Popular Songs on Marley

    Marley Medley - Guava Jelly/This Train - a song by Sublime

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Marley

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Marley

    I and I Bob Marley (Tony Medina) - Born in the Jamaican countryside in 1945, Bob Marley seemed special from birth. The curious, intuitive boy had an extraordinary gift for absorbing and interpreting the world around him. Influenced by his biracial heritage, his island home, and the injustices he observed in everyday life, Bob went on to become a musician and messenger; a poet and prophet of reggae culture. His music echoed from Jamaica all the way across the globe, spreading his heartfelt message of peace, love, and equality to everyone who heard his songs. Brimming with imagination and insight, I and I Bob Marley, is a multifaceted tribute befitting this international musical legend. Soulful, sun-drenched paintings transport readers to Bob Marley s Jamaica, while uniquely perceptive poems bring to life his fascinating journey from boy to icon. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Loving Marley (Donald Hassler) - In Loving Marley, the Barkers soon learn adopting a pet is a big responsibility and a decision that, with patience and love, will lead to a lifetime of fun and adventures! Loving Marley will delight, teach, and guide young readers and new pet owners as they are introduced to the day-by-day joys and trials that adopting a family pet brings. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Marley's Treasure (Gable Yerrid) - Review of this book is currently unavailable. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Marley: A Dog Like No Other: A Special Adaptation for Young Readers (John Grogan) - Acquired by Grogan and his wife in Florida when he was a puppy, Marley, an oversize, energetic, and supremely loving yellow Lab, was expelled from his first obedience school but successfully auditioned for a part in a movie. He bolted his food, chewed everything in sight, and went berserk in thunderstorms. After moving to Pennsylvania with the growing Grogan family, he discovered the joy of snow, tobogganing down the hill on his master's stomach. Although never really well-behaved, Marley made his home in their hearts for 13 years. Grogan has trimmed down his best-selling account, Marley and Me (2005), for younger readers, leaving out considerable detail about the family but keeping all the deeds and misdeeds that made Marley so entertaining. The dog's poignant last days are detailed as well. Young readers with pets of their own will recognize the unconditional affection Marley gave and the love he earned in return. Both humorous and sentimental, this should attract a broad range of readers. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Marley: Marley Steals the Show (Jeanine Le Ny) - Meet Marley, a dog like no other! Marley's family has big hopes when they enter him in the local pet show, but things don't go as planned. From grooming disasters to chaos backstage, this is one event the town will never forget. Will Marley's giant personality be enough to take home the prize? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Marley: Strike Three, Marley! (John Grogan) - Marley can't wait for his first trip to the ballpark. He is ready to cheer for the home team. But is the home team ready for Marley? This book is part of an I Can Read Series and includes several Marley the dog books, including Marley Goes to School; Marley's Big Adventure; A Very Marley Christmas; Marley: Snow Dog Marley; Marley: Christmas Is Coming, Marley; Marley and the Kittens; Marley & Me: Meet Marley; Marley: Farm Dog; Marley: Sit, Marley, Sit!; Bad Dog, Marley!; Marley: Marley and the Runaway Pumpkin; Marley: Thanks, Mom and Dad!; Marley: Marley Looks for Love; Trick or Treat, Marley!; Marley: Marley Springs Ahead!; Marley: Messy Dog; Marley: Not a Peep!; Marley: The Dog Who Cried Woof; Marley: Marley's Big Adventure; Marley: A Thanksgiving to Remember. All by John Grogan Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Three Paws: The Story of Marley (Isabela R. Presedo-Floyd) - This is the story of Marley, a rescue poodle and his life told by his 9 year old owner. She is hoping when other people read this book they will want to volunteer for a animal group or adopt an animal from a rescue group. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Marley

    Famous People Named Marley

    Famous People Named Marley - Marley Shelton (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Marley

    Children of Famous People Named Marley

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Marley - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Marley.

  • Historic Figures

    Marley - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Marley - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Marley.

Personality of the Unisex Name Marley

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Marley

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