What does Myrtle mean?
Myrtle \m(y)-rt-le, myr-tle\ as a girls' name is pronounced MER-terl. It is of Latin origin. Botanical and nature name based on the evergreen shrub that was sacred to Venus as a symbol of love. First used in the 1850s.
For more information, see also the related girl name Mirta.
Myrtle is a very prominent first name for women (#258 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#50903 out of 150436, Top 34%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Myrtle for girls. Myrtle reached its top rank of #28 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Myrtle and corresponding names. Myrtis, Myrtie, Myrtice, Myrta and Mirta are the popular varying forms of Myrtle listed in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.3985%) and are now significantly less widespread, with the forms Myrta, Myrtice, Myrtie, Myrtle and Myrtis falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Myrle. Like Myrtle, this name is not commonly used.