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Gender: Female Origin of Meryl: Variation of Muriel via Meriel Meaning of Meriel: Irish variation of Muriel

The name Meryl is a girl's name . Meryl and is often added to lists like Magical Christmas Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

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Better known than it would otherwise be thanks to Meryl (born Mary Louise) Streep.

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Famous People Named Meryl

Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep, American actress
Meryl Elizabeth Davis, American ice dancer
Meryl Danielle Cassie, New Zealand actress and singer
Meryl Glynis Fernandes, English actress
Meryl Jan Getline, American pilot, author, and columnist
Meryl Tankard, Australian ballerina and choreographer

Pop Culture References for the name Meryl

Meryl Burbank aka Hannah Gill, character in film "The Truman Show"
Princess Meryl, character in "The Two Princesses of Bamarre" by Gail Carson Levine
Meryl Lee Kowalski, character in "The Wednesday Wars"
Meryl Stryfe, character in anime "Trigun"
Meryl Silverburgh, character in the Metal Gear video games

Merril, Meral, Merel, Merrell, Meryle, Merrill, Merrall, Merrile, Meryll, Merryl


paulapuddephatt Says:


I adore the name Marilyn.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't like Muriel, either. This reminds me more of Cheryl or Sheryl and Beryl.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I can only think of Meryl Streep. The name is pretty, though.

headintheclouds Says:


I dislike Muriel with a passion (surprised that Meryl is a variant of it!), but Meryl sounds lovely to me. Meryl Streep makes me think of classy elegance, intelligence+ talent in relation to the name, and she definitely makes me like it more! I love the trilling -ryl sound that ends the name too, and the way it's written down on paper.

PoppyOrangey Says:


Very pretty, but I might choose Merylee or merilee instead.

LowSlash Says:


My grandmother's name was Marilyn, but my grandfather always shortened it to Maril (rhymes with Meryl). I always liked the idea of Meryl as an honour name for Marilyn.