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Marli is one of many alternative spellings of the baby name Marley. While Marli isn't too common, Marley currently sits at number 215 on the list of the top 1,000 baby names for girls in the United States, so we expect other spellings to become more popular in the near future. However you spell it, Marli evokes images of everyone from a certain musician to a special dog, both of whom can be considered pop culture icons.

Meaning of the name Marli:

English: Wood clearing or meadow, marten, pleasant

Origin of the name Marli:

Marli is one of several alternative spellings of Marley. Marley is an English surname that has turned into a given name over the last few decades. It's also a common place name in England. The name is thought to be made up of the elements “mearth,” which means “marten,” and “leah,” which means “wood clearing” or “meadow.” Martens are small mammals, so the name was most likely used to describe a meadow or wood clearing where martens lived. There is also some thought that the name is derived from the Old English word “myrig,” which means “pleasant.”

Symbolism of the name Marli:

Marli's meaning alone doesn't offer much symbolism. New parents who believe in the “pleasant” theory may choose in hopes that their baby girl grows up to become a pleasant person. However, many people will associate the name with the late musician Bob Marley or the canine hero of the book and movie “Marley and Me.”

Style of the name Marli:

Modern, surname as a given name

Gender of the name Marli:

Marli is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Marli:


Number of syllables in the name Marli:


Emotion evoked from the name Marli:

The baby name Marli evokes images of someone who is adventurous and carefree.

Alternative spellings for the name Marli:

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Popularity of the name Marli:

According to the Social Security Administration, Marli has never been a top 1,000 baby name for boys or girls in the United States.

Related names for the name Marli:

Great middle names for Marli and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Marli:

  • Marli Sui (actress)
  • Marli Renfro (showgirl, model, and actress)
  • Marli Harwood (singer and songwriter)

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