Merle

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From French Merle.

Proper noun[edit]

Merle

  1. A surname of French origin.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
    • 1968 Al Aronowitz, New Country Twang Hits Town, Life Magazine, May 3, 1968, page 12:
      Merle Haggard is a name out of a morality play. And that's the kind of songs he sings.

Etymology 2[edit]

English 19th century bird name from merle, blackbird, possibly also a variant of Muriel, Merrill, etc.

Proper noun[edit]

Merle

  1. A female given name.
    • 1887 Emily Frances Adeline Sergeant, Jacob's Wife, page 92:
      Her name was Merle, and to her name she always said she owed the fact that Gilbert Vanborough ever looked at her.
    • 1976 From These Hills, From These Valleys: Pennsylvania Writers' Collection, University of Pittsburgh Press, ISBN 082291123X, page 186:
      "I wish I had a name like Merle Oberon or Miriam Hopkins," Mary Agnes said dreamily as she scanned the display of Coming Attractions.

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Estonian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Modern coinage, possibly from English Merle, associated with similar sounding names like Merili (Muriel) or Merilin (Marilyn).

Proper noun[edit]

Merle

  1. A female given name.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally a nickname or an occupational name from merle (blackbird).

Proper noun[edit]

Merle

  1. A surname​.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the English female given name Merle.

Proper noun[edit]

Merle

  1. A female given name of modern usage.