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PronouncedPron.MYUR-ee-əl English
MUR-ee-əl English

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).
VariantsMeriel, Merle, Meryl, Merla English Murielle French Muirgel, Muirgheal Irish
DiminutiveMerletta English
Other Languages & CulturesMyrgjöl Ancient Scandinavian Muireall Scottish
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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute