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What does Merrill mean?

Merrill Pronunciation of Merrill [mer-rill] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Merrill). Variant of Meryl (Irish, Gaelic) "shining sea". An anglicized spelling of the name. Humorist Merrill Markoe.

Associated with: shining (light), sea.


Merrill has 4 variants: Merill, Merrall, Merril and Meryl.

Related girl names: Meriel and Muriel.

7 more related forms via Meryl: Meral, Merel, Merla, Merrell, Merryl, Meryle and Meryll.

Creative forms:
(female) Marill, Mirill, ..

(male) Merrio, ..

Middle name pairings:
Merrill Abigayle (M.A.), ..

How popular is Merrill?

Merrill is a somewhat prominent first name for females (#3304 out of 4276, Top 77%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#1007 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Merrill was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its apex rank of #1510 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular alternative forms of Merrill are Meryl and Muriel. These relations of Merrill were favored a century ago (usage of 0.12%), but now, the form Muriel has become less trendy.

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

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

Similar Names

Merrill is alike in pronunciation to Marell, Marial, Mariel, Merial, Merielle, Meriol, Merrielle, Merrile, Mirell and Murial. Other suggested similar names are Cherrill (see Cheryl), Darrill (see Daryl), Derrill, Kerril, Marilla, Marilu, Marrilee, Mercilla, Merl, Merle, Merola, Merri, Merrie, Merrilee, Merrili (see Merry), Merrily, Mireilla, Mireille, Mirilla, Myrilla, Myrrilla, Sherrill, Terrall, Terrell, Terriell (see Terena) and Terrill. These names tend to be less commonly used than Merrill.

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