Meaning and Origin of: Merle

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First name origins & meanings:

  • French : Blackbird
  • English : From the march
  • Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Welsh : Sea; falcon; sea hill
  • Irish : Bright sea
  • French : Famous
  • American : Able

Last name origin & meaning:

  • German and French : nickname, possibly for a good or habitual singer or whistler, from Middle High German, Old French merle ‘blackbird’ (Latin merula). See Merlo.
  • German : from a pet form of a short form of a personal name formed with German mar, mer ‘famous’ as the first element.