|Meaning:||the star of the sea|
|Related Names:||Mara, Marlena, Marlene, Marlette, Marlo, Marlon, Marlyn, Marlys|
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ORIGIN AND HISTORY
Marla is mainly used in English but is of Hebrew origin. In English, the meaning is a variation of Marlene or a woman from Magdala. In Greek, Marla means "high tower." The name means both "the star of the sea" and "a bitterly wanted child" in Hebrew and in Latin.
Marla first appeared on the top 1000 chart in the United States in the year 1935. It rose to a peak as the 193rd most popular girl's name in 1955, but then popularity began to decrease. It remained in the top 500 until 1980, but dropped off the top 1000 chart completely after 1991.
Marla has also been somewhat popular in other countries, such as Australia, where it ranked 679th in 1997.
- Marla Ruzicka was the founder of the non-governmental Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), a human rights organization working to compensate civilian victims of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Ruzicka was killed in 2005, at age 28, by a suicide bomber.
- Marla is the name of a city in South Australia.
- The Marla faith is practiced by the people of Mari El, Russia. It combines Christianity and Shamanism.
- A Marla is a unit of measure used for land in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. It measures 25 square yards.
Fictional Characters named Marla:
- Marla Big Shots
- Marla Daniels The Wire
- Marla Hendricks Boston Public
- Marla The 40 Year Old Virgin
- Marla Higgins The Temp
- Marla Hooch A League of Their Own
- Marla Singer Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk
- Marla Adams: actress (born August 28, 1938)
- Marla Gibbs: actress (June 14, 1931)
- Marla Glen: Jazz musician (born January 3, 1960)
- Marla Maples: actress, former wife of Donald Trump (born October 27, 1963)
- Marla Olmstead: artist, child prodigy (born 2000)
- Marla Runyan: athlete, first legally blind track athlete to compete in the Olympic Games
- Marla Sokoloff: actress (born December 19, 1980)
- Marla Wynne: Miss Pennsylvania, 1991
|Meaning||the star of the sea +|
|Meaningnc||the star of the sea +|
|Origin||Hebrew +, and Greek +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Mara +, Marlena +, Marlene +, Marlette +, Marlo +, Marlon +, Marlyn +, and Marlys +|