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Meryl meaning and name origin
Meryl \m(e)-ryl, mer-yl\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Meryl), is pronounced MARE-el. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Meryl is "shining sea". Variant of Muriel via Meriel. Also possibly an invented name at the beginning of the 20th century, modeled on Cheryl. Well-known today due to actress Meryl Streep.
Meryl has 14 variant forms: Maryl, Meral, Merel, Merla, Merlyn, Merrall, Merrell, Merril, Merrill, Merryl, Meryle, Meryll, Mirla and Myrla.
For more information, see also the related name Merle.
Baby names that sound like Meryl are Merl, Marylu, Meriol, Merial, Merola and Merill.
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Popularity of Meryl
Meryl is a very popular first name for women (#1912 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people. (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Meryl for girls. (2010 statistics) Compare Meryl with its variant forms and related girl baby names.