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What does Merel mean?

Merel Pronunciation of Merel [mer-el] as a girls' name is an English name, and the meaning of the name Merel is "shining sea". Merel is an alternate form of Meryl (English): variation of Muriel via Meriel.

Associated with: shining (light), sea.


Merel has 9 variants: Maryl, Meral, Merrall, Merrell, Merril, Merrill, Merryl, Meryle and Meryll.

4 more relations via Meryl: Merla, Merlyn, Mirla and Myrla.

Creative forms:
(female) Meren, Merwel, ..

(male) Merley, Merner, ..

Middle name pairings:
Merel Elianna (M.E.), ..

How popular is Merel?

Merel is an unusual first name for females but a somewhat prominent last name for both adults and children (#93427 out of 150436, Top 62%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Popular alternative forms of Merel (outside Top 2000) are Meryl, Merrill and Merlyn. Other variants, like Mirla, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Merel reached its highest 8 decades ago. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merlyn, Merrill, Meryl in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Merel and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Merel is pronounced similarly to Marell, Marelle, Marial, Mariel, Merial, Meriel, Merielle, Merill, Meriol, Merrile, Mirell, Mirelle, Murial, Muriel and Myrelle. Other recommended names are Aeriel, Aurel, Averel, Carel, Darel, Jeriel, Jewel, Karel, Lorel, Mabel, Madel, Mare, Maree, Maren, Marvel, Medea, Megen, Mekea, Mel, Mera, Merah, Merced, Mercer, Mercey, Merci, Mercy, Meribel, Meridel, Meris, Merl, Merle, Merna, Merola, Merree, Merri, Merry, Mersey, Mertle, Morela, Myree, Neel, Orel and Sorel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Merel.

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