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 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)
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.