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Meaning and Name Origin

Merla \m(e)-rla, mer-la\ as a name for girls. The meaning of the name Merla is "blackbird; shining sea". Merla is a form of Merle (Old French). Merla is also a variant of Meryl (English): variant of Muriel via Meriel.


Merla has 2 variants: Mirla and Myrla.

Merla has 20 more related forms via Merle, Meryl: Maryl, Meral, Merel, Merl, Merlina, Merline, Merlyn, Merola, Merrall, Merrell, Merril, Merrill, Merryl, Meryle, Meryll, Murle, Myrle, Myrleen, Myrlene and Myrline.


Merla is an uncommon first name for women. Merla is also a unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Merla and corresponding names. Myrle, Meryl and Merle are the popular alternative forms of Merla (#unlisted). These girl names reached the height of their popularity during 1890-1899 and have become significantly less popular since, with the forms Myrle and Merle becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Merle, 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 and Marlo. Other recommended similar baby names are Mela, Mella, Mera, Merial, Merill, Merna, Morela, Perla and Verla. These names tend to be more commonly used than Merla.