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TypeSurname (from location)
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.MAHR-lee
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Meaning & History

Originally denoted a person who hailed from one of the various places in Britain called Marley, ultimately meaning either "pleasant wood", "boundary wood" or "marten wood" in Old English. One of the main characters in Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' (1843) bears this last name.

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Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute