Does anyone know if Merle is related to Mireille in French? Or Mirel?
I prefer Merel to Aya. I think it has more substance. Merle is nice, but I think there may be some pronunciation issues if you live in the US.
Some more bird names
Oriole (I knew an older lady named Oriole once. She went by Ori. She was a pistol.)
Paloma (my favorite- Spanish for dove)
I don't think so - the French Merle (MURL) comes from the Latin 'merula' ("blackbird"), according to behindthename.com, whereas Mirielle (mee-RAY) comes from the Occitan verb 'mirar' ("to admire"). Merle is also a diminutive of Muriel, which means "bright sea", but I don't think it bears any relation to Mireille. Sorry!
Originally Posted by mjs2130
Aya is one of our top names (though as a nickname).
Avocet is one of my favorite bird names, and I went through a Tesia phase recently.
This website is an assault on the eyes, but I like the list: http://www.namenerds.com/uucn/birds.html
Thanks everyone! It's a toss up. I'm hearing that Aya is pretty, Merel is more substantial. Any final thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!
I like Aya best, though both are nice. Aya is also a girls name in Arabic that means a verse of the Quran, so that's what I think of. That will be the association for Muslims and other Arabic speakers. My favorite bird name is Paloma. It's one of my all time favorite names.
I like Merel over Aya (Aya just sounds incomplete...I like the meaning, though)
Jemima (means dove)
Peregrine (maybe too masculine?)
Phoenix (mythical, but still a bird)
Arabella - some name sites & apps list the meaning as "beautiful eagle".
I heard Aya for the first time the other day and I thought it was beautiful. Definitely Aya!
ETA: I wasn't sure if we were doing suggestions, but apparently yes.
I LOVE LOVE Coloma. It's the Catalan form of Paloma.