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Boy Name: Merle

Name: Merle
Pronunciation: \m(e)-rle, mer-le\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy (Merle's also a girl name)
Meaning: blackbird
Origin: French
Related Names: Merlin
Sounds Like: Marley, Marly, Marlea, Marloe, Meryl, Merrel, Merill, Meril, Morley, Morly, Morlee
Similar Names: Berle, Merce, Merlen, Verle
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 468
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 18087


Merle \m(e)-rle, mer-le\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.

For more information, see also the related name Merlin.

Baby names that sound like Merle are Marley, Marly, Marlea, Marloe, Meryl, Merrel, Merill, Meril, Morley, Morly and Morlee. Other similar baby names are Berle, Merce, Merlen and Verle.

View a list of the 2 names that reference Merle.


Merle is a very popular first name for men (#468 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#18087 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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