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 "What would you name a sibling to...?".

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

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Pop Culture References for the name Meryl

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.