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What does Meryl mean?

Meryl Pronunciation of Meryl as a girls' name (also used as boys' 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. Also form of Merle.


ASSOCIATED WITH shining (light), sea, 20th century (modern)


VARIANTS Maryl, Meral, Merel, Merla, Merlyn, Merrall, Merrell, Merril, Merrill, Merryl, Meryle, Meryll, Mirla, Myrla

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA CHERYL, MERIEL, MURIEL Charyl, Cherryl, Cheryle, Cheryll, Merial, Meriel, Meriol, Merle, Murial, Sharyl, Sheril, Sherryl, Sheryl, Sheryle, Sheryll

(female) Marryl, ..

(male) Meray, ..

Meryl Kenia (M.K.), ..

How popular is Meryl?

Meryl is a very popular first name for women (#1912 out of 4276, Top 45%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Meryl entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its top position of #865 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not ranked currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Cherryl, Cheryl, Cheryle, Cheryll, Merle, Merlyn, Merrill, Muriel, Sharyl, Sherryl, Sheryl, Sheryle and Sheryll are the popular related forms of Meryl rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Meriol, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Meryl was more pronounced among parents during 1950-1959 (ADOPTION OF 1.1%), but now, versions like Cheryl have become less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Meryl, Cherryl, Cheryl, Cheryle, Cheryll in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merle, Merlyn, Merrill, Muriel, Sharyl in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sherryl, Sheryl, Sheryle, Sheryll in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Meryl is alike in pronunciation to Marell, Marial, Mariel, Merill, Merrile and Mirell. Other recommended sound-alike names are Apryl, Averyl, Beryl, Caryl, Cecyl, Daryl, Euryl, Karyl, Kerryl, Keryl, Maery, Mary, Marya, Maryk, Marylu, Maryn, Marys, Mel, Melya, Mera, Merah, Merci, Mercy, Meris, Merl, Merna, Merola, Merri, Merry, Merryn, Mertle, Meryam, Meya, Terryl (see Teryl) and Teryl. These names tend to be less frequently used than Meryl.

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