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Merle

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How popular is the baby name Merle in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 23 6 17
1881 19 6 13
1882 24 11 13
1883 38 15 23
1884 35 16 19
1885 42 16 26
1886 36 14 22
1887 36 12 24
1888 40 25 15
1889 77 42 35
1890 94 68 26
1891 80 46 34
1892 98 60 38
1893 88 61 27
1894 108 70 38
1895 137 91 46
1896 130 86 44
1897 104 70 34
1898 126 77 49
1899 130 88 42
1900 167 113 54
1901 143 91 52
1902 170 112 58
1903 181 112 69
1904 145 92 53
1905 169 110 59
1906 156 84 72
1907 194 112 82
1908 196 120 76
1909 196 120 76
1910 238 138 100
1911 266 151 115
1912 489 221 268
1913 563 232 331
1914 662 247 415
1915 948 353 595
1916 977 373 604
1917 1,060 359 701
1918 1,171 376 795
1919 1,090 370 720
1920 1,222 403 819
1921 1,276 442 834
1922 1,228 393 835
1923 1,185 410 775
1924 1,166 383 783
1925 1,239 404 835
1926 1,127 340 787
1927 1,120 311 809
1928 1,055 293 762
1929 954 224 730
1930 949 237 712
1931 873 213 660
1932 793 200 593
1933 756 183 573
1934 811 212 599
1935 791 270 521
1936 909 341 568
1937 820 302 518
1938 789 264 525
1939 804 275 529
1940 704 237 467
1941 707 225 482
1942 716 274 442
1943 679 231 448
1944 630 239 391
1945 579 206 373
1946 612 206 406
1947 595 203 392
1948 611 179 432
1949 506 153 353
1950 536 141 395
1951 504 136 368
1952 474 134 340
1953 448 123 325
1954 441 137 304
1955 405 114 291
1956 397 107 290
1957 343 89 254
1958 325 94 231
1959 304 75 229
1960 238 62 176
1961 234 58 176
1962 233 53 180
1963 234 47 187
1964 204 38 166
1965 184 24 160
1966 145 24 121
1967 110 19 91
1968 157 21 136
1969 128 17 111
1970 149 18 131
1971 167 10 157
1972 125 13 112
1973 105 12 93
1974 87 9 78
1975 81 8 73
1976 70 5 65
1977 80 0 80
1978 71 11 60
1979 87 7 80
1980 64 5 59
1981 80 13 67
1982 65 8 57
1983 65 0 65
1984 57 6 51
1985 48 0 48
1986 41 6 35
1987 49 6 43
1988 48 0 48
1989 41 13 28
1990 33 0 33
1991 37 5 32
1992 39 6 33
1993 40 6 34
1994 26 0 26
1995 41 6 35
1996 28 0 28
1997 27 0 27
1998 20 0 20
1999 22 0 22
2000 25 0 25
2001 29 0 29
2002 13 0 13
2003 27 5 22
2004 25 5 20
2005 18 0 18
2006 25 0 25
2007 16 0 16
2008 19 0 19
2009 22 0 22
2010 22 0 22
2011 18 0 18
2012 8 0 8
2013 15 0 15
2014 15 0 15
2015 19 0 19

Want to know about the popularity of the Merle baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 45,105 babies born with the name Merle in the United States. That's more than enough Merles to occupy the territory of Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 44,493 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 23 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Merle" was in 1922 with a total of 835 babies.

According to the 1913 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Merle" ranks #88 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Iowa. Imagine that, 26 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 1913. Across the entire United States a total of 563 babies also bear the same first name during the same year.

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Merle" mean? The list below shows the origins of Merle as well as things modernly associated with the name Merle such as celebrities named Merle.

Origin and Meaning of Merle

The name "Merle" is of English origin, and it means "Blackbird". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard is a songwriter, musician, guitarist, and singer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1963 to present. Merle was born in 1937 as Merle Ronald Haggard in Oildale, California, United States.

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Troy Donahue

Troy Donahue is an actor and singer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1957 to 2000. Troy was born in 1937 as Merle Johnson, Jr. in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Merle

Merle Dixon
Merle Norman
Merle Travis
Merle Ginsberg
Merle Oberon
Merle Walking Dead

Alternative Meanings

M is for mystery, the part of you that cannot be explained.

E is for expressive, not one to hold within.

R is for rational, the way you think.

L is for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

E is for extra, those little things you do!

Your name in reverse order is "Elrem". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Emlre". How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Merle born Dec 3, 1972

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of New Guinea approximately on 1050. Your profession was medicine man, surgeon, and herbalist.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Your lesson - to study, to practice and to use wisdom, enclosed in psychological sciences, and in ancient manuscripts. With strong faith and hard work you will reach your real destiny in present life.

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