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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).

Associated with: shining (light), sea.


Merla has 2 variants: Mirla and Myrla.

Merla has 17 more related forms via Merle, Meryl: Maryl, Meral, Merel, Merl, Merlina, Merline, Merlyn, Merola, Merrall, Merrell, Merril, Merrill, Merryl, Meryle, Meryll, Murle and Myrle.

Kreatif forms:
(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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merl, Merle, Merline, Merlyn, Merrill in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names


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.