[ 1 syll. mer-le, me-rle ] The baby girl name Merle is also used as a boy name, and it is more commonly a boy name. It is pronounced MKERL †. Merle's language of origin is Old French and Celtic. It is predominantly used in Dutch, English, and German. Old French origin: The name is derived from the Old French merle, equivalent to the Latin merula. The name was first adopted for girls in the late 19th century. It was made known by the actress Merle Oberon (1911-1979).
In addition, Merle is a form of the English Merrill.
Merle is also a form of the English and Welsh Meryl in the English language.
Merle is also a shortening of the English, French, German, and Irish Muriel in the English language.
Merle has 20 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Maryl, Maryla, Mearl, Mearle, Merl, Merla, Merlie, Merlina, Merline, Merola, Meryl, Myrl, Myrle, Myrleen, Myrlene, Myrlie, and Myrline. Other English forms include the diminutive Merletta, and the spelling variant Murle. The Dutch Merel is a form of Merle that is used in foreign languages.
Merle is an uncommon baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1903, 0.041% of baby girls were named Merle. It had a ranking of #293 then. The baby name has steeply dropped in popularity since then, and is used only on an infrequent scale today. Within all girl names in its family, Merle was nevertheless the most widely used in 2018. Although Merle is used more commonly as a boy name today, there was a period prior to 1900 that it was more popular with girls. After 1901, increasingly the name became more popular with boys than with girls. There were 3 times more boys than girls who were named Merle in 1956.
Baby names that sound like Merle include the English Merl and the English Myrle.
† Pronunciation for Merle: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; ER as in "hurt (HH.ER.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
A famous person named Merle is Actress Merle Oberon, born Estelle Merle Thompson 18 February 1911 - 23 November 1979, Bombay, British India.