What does Merla mean?
Merla [mer-la] as a name for girls is of Old French and English origin, and the meaning of the name Merla is "blackbird; shining sea". Merla is an alternate form of Merle (Old French) with the suffix -a. Merla is also a variant of Meryl (English).
(female) Merma, Merva, ..
(male) Merlai, Merlan, ..
How popular is Merla?
Merla is an uncommon first name for women but a somewhat popular last name for all people (#80216 out of 150436, Top 53%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Meryl, Myrle, Merrill, Merlyn, Merle, Merline and Merl are the popular alternative forms of Merla (outside Top 2000). Other forms, like Merel, are uncommon. These relations of Merla reached the height of their popularity during 1900-1909 (average #1548), but now, the form Merle has become somewhat dated. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Merla and corresponding names. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Merla is pronounced similarly to Marla▼, Marlea, Marleah, Marlee▲, Marley▲, Marlie, Marlo▼ and Marlow. Other recommended names are Beula, Beyla, Carla▼, Ceila, Dela, Dervla, Earla, Hella, Keela, Leala, Leela, Leila▲, Leola▼, Mala, Marfa, Marga, Maria▼, Marra, Marta▼, Marya, Meara, Mecca, Meeka, Meena, Meera, Meerta, Meica, Mekea, Mela, Melia, Mella, Mellba, Melli, Melva▼, Melya, Mena, Mera, Merah, Merci, Merial, Meriam, Merill, Meris, Merna, Merona, Merry▼, Meya, Milla, Mirja, Mirka, Mirna, Morela, Morna, Murna, Neala, Nella, Nerola, Orla, Orrla (see Orla), Pella, Perla, Seila, Sela, Seula, Tecla, Teela and Verla▼. These names tend to be more commonly used than Merla.