Marla has a vintage, tough girl feel to it. It’s more tenacious sounding than Maria and a lot less common than Laura, making it a cool choice for the discerning parent. Plus, you could shorten it to the very trendy Mara.
Marlys, Marleena, Marline, Malene
Actress/Socialite Marla Maples, "The Jeffersons" Actress Marla Gibbs, Aid worker/Humanitarian Marla Ruzicka, Actress Marla Sokoloff, Paralympic Gold Medalist Marla Runyan