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What does Merle mean?

Merle Pronunciation of Merle [mer-le] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Merle) is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Merle is "blackbird". The name also developed as a variant of Muriel and Meriel. Actress Merle Oberon.


Merle has 11 variants: Merl, Merla, Merlina, Merline, Merola, Meryl, Murle, Myrle, Myrleen, Myrlene and Myrline.

5 more related forms via Meriel, Muriel: Merial, Meriel, Merielle, Meriol and Merrill.

Creative forms:
(female) Marle, Merly, ..

(male) Merler, Merre, ..

Middle name pairings:
Merle Wilhelmina (M.W.), ..

How popular is Merle?

Merle is a very prominent first name for women (#839 out of 4276, Top 20%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#21651 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Merle reached its apex rank of #319 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merle name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Merle outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Merle listed in the Top 2000 are Muriel, Myrle, Meryl, Merrill, Merline and Merl. Other forms, like Merielle, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Merle was widespread a century ago (median #1215), but now, versions such as Muriel have fallen out of fashion.

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

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Belle, Beryle, Carle, Cele, Delle, Helle, Jerle, Mable, Maelle, Mare, Maree, Marge, Marie, Marje, Marla, Marlea, Marlee, Marlen, Marley, Marlie, Marlo, Marne, Marte, Marve, Meade, Meave, Medie, Mel, Mela, Mella, Melli, Mellie, Melly, Mera, Merah, Meral, Merced, Mercer, Mercey, Merci, Mercie, Mercy, Merel, Merill, Meris, Merlyn, Merna, Merree, Merri, Merrie, Merrile, Merry, Mersey, Mertle, Meryle, Meryll, Mette, Mille, Mirla, Myree, Myrla, Myrtle, Neale, Neile, Nelle, Peale, Pearle, Peele, Perle and Zele. These names tend to be less frequently used than Merle.