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What does Myrtle mean?

Myrtle Pronunciation of Myrtle [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.

Associated with: nature, sacred (light).


Myrtle has 9 variants: Mertice, Mertis, Mertle, Mirtie, Myrta, Myrtia, Myrtice, Myrtie and Myrtis.

Affiliated girl name: Mirta.

Creative forms:
(female) Martle, Myrmae, ..

(male) Myrles, Myrton, ..

Middle name pairings:
Myrtle Margaret (M.M.), ..

How popular is Myrtle?

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. Demographics)

Myrtle reached its top rank of #28 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not listed currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Myrtis, Myrtie, Myrtice, Myrta and Mirtie are the popular varying forms of Myrtle listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Myrtle were popular as birth names a century ago (usage of 0.7%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Myrtle, Mirtie, Myrta, Myrtice, Myrtie, Myrtis in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Myrtle is alike in pronunciation to Martelle. Other suggested similar names are Beryle, Carle, Carole, Cyrille, Jerle, Mable, Maible, Marcie, Marcile, Maree, Marette, Margie, Marilu, Marine, Marje, Marjie, Marla, Marlee, Marlen, Marley, Marlie, Marlo, Marne, Marnee, Marnie, Marrlen, Marsee, Mart, Marta, Marte, Marth, Martha, Marthe, Marthy, Martie, Martine, Martje, Marty, Marylea, Marylee, Mayble, Mercie, Merle, Merola, Merrile, Meryle, Mette, Micole, Mille, Mirell, Mirla, Mirtha, Mistie, Morela, Morine, Murle, Mykala, Mykela, Myla, Mylene, Myrah, Myree, Myrella, Myrelle, Myrene, Myriah, Myriam, Myrilla, Myrla, Myrle, Myrleen (see Merle), Myrline, Myrna and Mystee. These names tend to be less commonly used than Myrtle.

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