PRONOUNCED: MYUR-ee-əl (English), MUR-ee-əl (English), muy-ree-EL (French) [key]
Meaning & History
Medieval English form of a Celtic name which was probably related to the Irish name MUIRGEL
. The Normans
brought it to England from Brittany. In the modern era it was popularized by a character from Dinah Craik's novel 'John Halifax, Gentleman' (1856).
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