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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

Fun Facts about the name Merle

  • How many people with the first name Merle have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 45,105 babies born with the first name Merle in the United States. That's more than enough people named Merle to occupy the territory of Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 44,493 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Merle? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 23 new born babies.
  • When was Merle first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Merle is Thursday, June 29th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Merle born? The highest recorded use of the first name Merle was in 1922 with a total of 835 babies.
  • Random Merle Factoid: According to the 1928 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Merle ranks 79th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maine. Imagine that, 20 babies in Maine have the same name as you in 1928.
  • Weird things about the name Merle: Your name in reverse order is Elrem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mleer. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Merle? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,302 people with the last name Merle.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Merle? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Merle as their last name since less than 1 person in 227k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Common last names for Merle

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Clark
  • Baker
  • Taylor
  • Nelson
  • Walker
  • Martin
  • Young
  • Thomas
  • Allen

Common first names for Merle

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Merle U.S.
  White 80.34% 64.26%
  African American 3.07% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.30% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 12.98% 16.26%

Of Last Name Merle

People with the last name Merle are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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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.

English

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.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Common black European thrush

From the taxonomic name; from Latin turdus (“thrush”) and merula (“blackbird”), giving rise to the French merle, from Proto-Indo-European *ams- (“black, blackbird”), see also Breton moualch (“ouzel”), Welsh mwyalch (“blackbird, thrush”), English ouzel

  1. The Eurasian blackbird, Turdus merula.
  2. Any blackbird.

    merle was also found in the following language(s): French and Italian

    Notable Persons With the Name Merle

    Merle Haggard

    Merle Haggard is a country music, western (genre), outlaw country, and bakersfield sound musician. He plays Fender Telecaster. He was most active from 1963 to present. Merle was given the name Merle Ronald Haggard on April 6th, 1937 in Oildale, California, U.S. Merle is also known as Hag.

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    Merle Oberon

    Merle Oberon was an actress. Her career lasted from 1928 to 1973. Merle was given the name Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson on February 19th, 1911 in Mumbai. She left this life on November 23rd, 1979.

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    Troy Donahue

    Troy Donahue was an actor and singer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1957 to 2000. Troy was given the name Merle Johnson, Jr. on January 27th, 1936 in New York City, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on September 2nd, 2001.

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    Merle Dandridge

    Merle Dandridge is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1994. Merle was born on May 31st, 1975 in Okinawa Prefecture.

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    Merle Dixon

    Merle Dixon is a famous somebody.

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    Merle Travis

    Merle Travis was a country music, western swing, blues, american folk music revival, gospel music, and americana (music) musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1936. Merle was given the name Merle Robert Travis on November 29th, 1917 in Rosewood, Kentucky US. He died on October 20th, 1983.

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    • Mimsy Farmer
      (actress)
    • Merle Watson
      (musician)
    • Merle Hay
      (military person)
    • Merle Greene Robertson
      (noteworthy human)
    • Merle Hoffman
      (famed somebody)
    • Merle Kodo Boyd
      (leading somebody)
    • Merle Hapes
      (football player)
    • Merle Soppela
      (famous somebody)
    • Merle H. Phillips
      (Northumberland County Commissioner)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Merle

    Robert Merle

    Robert Merle was a novelist. Robert was born on August 28th, 1908 in Tébessa. He died on March 27th, 2004.

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    Hugues Merle

    Hugues Merle was a noteworthy individual in the field of painting. Hugues was born in 1823 in Saint Martin, France. He breathed his last breath in 1881.

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    Frigide Barjot

    Frigide Barjot is an activist. Frigide was given the name Virginie Merle on September 25th, 1962 in Boulogne-Billancourt.

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    Matthew C. Le Merle

    Matthew C. Le Merle is an investor, advisor, and investorand advisor. He holds the title Managing Partner of Fifth Era and Keiretsu Capital. Matthew was born on January 18th, 1962.

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    Frank Merle

    Frank Merle is a famous human. Frank was born on November 22nd, 1962.

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    Carole Merle

    Carole Merle is an influential somebody. Carole was born on January 24th, 1964.

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    What does the name Merle mean?

    Mis for mighty, your inner strength.

    Eis for excellence, your passion, your drive.

    Ris for responsible, honoring your obligations

    Lis for lofty, your ambitions are high!

    Eis for explorer, always ready for the next journey

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