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What does Merla mean?

Merla Pronunciation of Merla as a name for girls is of Old French and English origin, and the meaning of the name Merla is "blackbird; shining sea". Merla is an alternate form of Merle (Old French). Merla is also a variant of Meryl (English).


ASSOCIATED WITH shining (light), sea


VARIANTS Myrla, Mirla

RELATED FORMS VIA MERLE, MERYL Maryl, Meral, Merel, Merl, Merlina, Merline, Merlyn, Merola, Merrall, Merrell, Merril, Merrill, Merryl, Meryle, Meryll, Murle, Myrle

(female) Mersa, ..

(male) Merlai, ..

Merla Emmarie (M.E.), ..

How popular is Merla?

Merla is an uncommon first name for women but a somewhat popular last name for all people (#80216 out of 150436, Top 53%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Which version is better?

Merl, Merle, Merline, Merlyn, Merrill, Meryl and Myrle are the popular alternative forms of Merla (OUTSIDE TOP 2000). Other forms, like Merel, are uncommon. These relations of Merla reached the height of their popularity during 1900-1909 (AVERAGE #1548), but now, the form Merle has become somewhat dated. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merl, Merle, Merline, Merlyn, Merrill in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Merla is pronounced similarly to Marla, Marlea, Marleah, Marlee, Marley, Marlie, Marlo and Marlow. Other recommended sound-alike names are Beula, Beyla, Carla, Ceila, Dela, Dervla, Earla, Hella, Keela, Leala, Leela, Leila, Leola, Mala, Marfa, Marga, Maria, Marra, Marta, Marya, Meara, Mecca, Meeka, Meena, Meera, Meerta, Meica, Mekea, Mela, Melia, Mella, Mellba, Melli, Melva, Melya, Mena, Mera, Merah, Merci, Merial, Meriam, Merill, Meris, Merna, Merona, Merry, Meya, Milla, Mirja, Mirka, Mirna, Morela, Morna, Murna, Neala, Nella, Nerola, Orla, Orrla (see Orla), Pella, Perla, Seila, Sela, Seula, Tecla, Teela and Verla. These names tend to be more commonly used than Merla.

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