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Marley or Maya?

Maya is the name we have loved for years, while Marley is the new name that has crept up on us that we also love!  On one hand, Maya is the prefect name because its sounds so beautiful and has many beautiful meanings, but on the other hand the popularity of the name is growing consistently which we are not too happy about but hey, what can you do.  Marley is different, no where near as popular, and pretty cool if you ask me.

Which one would you guys choose and why? Thanks ladies!Smile

Re: Marley or Maya?

  • I like them both, but I think Maya may serve her better as an adult.  Marley is cute on a little girl, but might be too cutesy on a grown woman.
  • Marley, and I can't say why I don't like Maya, I just don't!  Marley is cute and sassy.
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  • I say Maya because Marley will now be associated with a dog.
  • When I hear Marley I think of either a dog or the dead man from A Christmas Carol. Neither one is an image that, personally, I would want associated with my daughter.

     

    Maya is beautiful, though.  

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  • I love Maya!  For Marley, I think the association with Marley and Me will probably be strong for a while.
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  • Maya... You rarely hear that - and it's beautiful and unique... Marley is just like that movie and I can see it getting very popular.
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  • Maya. I think Marley is too cutsie.
  • I like Maya best!
  • Maya- beautiful name and also happens to be Uma Thurman's dd name.

    Marley- a big yellow lab.

  • Maya- beautiful!

    Marley- I now think of a dog's name and it seems masculine to me, or the name of a really ugly woman, sorry!

  • Marley will forever be associated with Marley and Me.
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    When I hear Marley I think of either a dog or the dead man from A Christmas Carol. Neither one is an image that, personally, I would want associated with my daughter.

     

    Maya is beautiful, though.  

     The first thing I think of is also A Christmas Carol.  I think it was Jacob Marley.  In my opinion it just doesn't sound pretty for a girl.  I like Maya. 

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  • I think Marley is really unfeminine and I just don't like it at all.
  • I think Maya is beautiful
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    I say Maya because Marley will now be associated with a dog.

     

    ditto.

  • Sorry but both are NMS.
  • I <3 them both, and I think the Marley & Me association will die down really fast.
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  • I think Marley is more popular than you think.?
    I like Maya better.
  • I really like the name Maya. 

     I didn't think of the movie Marley and me (probably because I haven't seen it, only trailers) when I heard the name Marley, but I did think of Jacob Marley from A Christmas Carol.  I don't think the name is terrible, though, I just like Maya a lot better.

  • I like Maya a lot, but it is getting very popular That is what I am naming my baby girl. But who cares it is a beautiful name. I think of Marly as a cool girl  name, kind of boho. I pitcure her friends with Zoie Kravitz or a nicole richie type girls ( minus the drugs of course LOL).
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  • I like Maya.  I think Marley sounds more like a boy's name (or a dog's), as pps have pointed out. 
  • I would never choose a very popular name for my child.  But, I love the name Maya.  I think that Marley is an awesome name, and so cool.  But, I think that because of the movie and book a lot of people will relate the name to a dog, which I would hate.
  • Maya, sounds like a girls' name

    Marley sounds like a boys name.

    I love Maya!

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  • image Tess12:
    I like them both, but I think Maya may serve her better as an adult.  Marley is cute on a little girl, but might be too cutesy on a grown woman.

    Ditto. And Marley reminds me too much of Bob Marley, so I don't think it sounds feminine at all.

  • Maya - beautiful, feminine name.

    Marley - masculine, dog's name.

  • Definitely Maya.  To me, Marley is the dog in Marley and Me.  Stick with your original intent!!
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  • Maya - classy, people can spell and pronounce it, would grow well with a child.  

    Associations:  Maya Angelou, ancient pre-Colombian civilization

    Marley - a little girl's name, trendy, will forever be "Ooh, she was born in the late 2000s, early 2010s"  Kind of like Mindy for the 80s. 

    Assocations: a dog, a reggae singer, an old dude from a Christmas Carol

    Of course, these are just my opinions.  Name your baby whatever you want!

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  • I had a Marley in a grade 8 class.  She was a little whippersnapper and her name really suited her.  She is the only Marley I have ever met.
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