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Merle (boy)

What does Merle mean?

Merle Pronunciation of Merle [mer-le] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Merle) is pronounced merl. It is of French origin, and the meaning of Merle is "blackbird". Country-western singer Merle Haggard has made this name familiar.

Related boy name: Merlin.


Creative forms:
(male) Marle, Merler, ..

(female) Merli, Merly, ..

Middle name pairings:
Merle Clinton (M.C.), ..

How popular is Merle?

Merle is a very popular first name for men (#468 out of 1220, Top 38%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#21651 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Merle reached its top rank of #180 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, but is not listed 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 similar and related boy names. Merlin is the only other popular varying form of Merle listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Merle reached its apex in the 1920s (usage of 0.1%), but now, versions like Merlin have become somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merle, Merlin in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Beale, Berle, Bertle, Burle, Dekle, Earle, Eberle, Erle, Karle, Kelle, Marlea, Marlen, Marley, Marloe, Marly, Marve, Meade, Mel, Mellen, Merce, Mercer, Meril, Merill, Merit, Merlen, Merlyn, Merom, Merrel, Mersey, Merven, Meryl, More, Morlee, Morley, Morly, Morse, Neale, Neile, Peale, Peele, Searle, Verle, Virle and Vyrle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Merle.