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Elaboration of Mary, with the addition of the productive suffix -lyn (see Lynn). It is recorded in the 18th century, possibly as a blend of Mary and Ellen, but first came into regular use in the 20th century, peaking in the 1940s and 50s. Since then its use has been surprisingly moderate, considering the enduring popularity of the film star Marilyn Monroe (1926–62), baptized Norma Jeane Baker.
162nd in the U.S.

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Hundreds of thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
452,932
to be exact
Iowa
has the most people named Marilyn per capita
1936
marked the height of its popularity
99.98%
0.02%
78%
55+
16%
30-54
2%
13-29
3%
0-12

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