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Gender: Male Meaning of Merle: "blackbird" Origin of Merle: French

The name Merle is a boy's name of French origin meaning "blackbird". Merle and is often added to lists like Dark Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quintuplet Game-GIRLS".

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Originally a nickname for someone who loved to sing or whistle, Merle is even less masculine than Meredith.

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Famous People Named Merle

Merle Ronald Haggard, American country music singer
Merle Robert Travis, American country music singer
Merle Eugene Curti, American historian and author
Merle Reid Harmon, American sportscaster
(Wyatt) Merle Kilgore, American singer and music manager
(Eddy) Merle Watson, American singer and guitarist; son of singer Doc Watson
Merle Slease Evans, American circus band conductor
Merle Johnson, Jr., birth name of Troy Donahue, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Merle

Merle Dixon, character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Merle Highchurch, a main character in podcast "The Adventure Zone"
Merle "The Pearl" Stockwell, character on "Eight is Enough"