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Where Did the Name Marilyn Monroe Come From?

Marilyn was after stage actress Marilyn Miller (pictured above), and Monroe was her mother’s maiden name. There are various stories as to how the name change came about, and several people have claimed to have named her. The most common (and most likely true) version is that Fox talent scout Ben Lyon, who got Marilyn her first screen test, chose the name Marilyn. Either her mother Gladys, her guardian Grace McKee Goddard, or Marilyn herself suggested the last name, Monroe, according to various versions of the story. Norma Jeane began using the name in 1946 and legally changed to it in 1956.

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June 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm #23140

Barrett Taylor

True, Monroe was Norma Marilyn’s mother’s maiden name. But Marilyn (that is, Norma Jean) said/thought/believed her Mother’s family was related to the same family as President James Monroe. Yet another Presidential connection? There was also a Monroe born in Mexico, thought to have possibly been an ancestor.

June 16, 2013 at 6:17 am #23109

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March 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm #18509

Jackie Monroe

Don’t you know, had Marilyn Monroe children? I don’t knw nothing about my realfamily, cause whole my childwood I lived one orphanage at California. Don’t you know where is she from? And Jackie Monroenis my realname

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