Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. MYUWR-ee-əl(English)
MUY-RYEHL(French)
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Meaning & History

Anglicized form of Irish Muirgel and Scottish Muireall. A form of this name was also used in Brittany, and it was first introduced to medieval England by Breton settlers in the wake of the Norman Conquest. In the modern era it was popularized by a character from Dinah Craik's novel John Halifax, Gentleman (1856).

Related Names

VariantsMeriel, Merle, Meryl, Merla(English) Murielle(French) Muirgheal(Irish) Muireall(Scottish Gaelic)
DiminutiveMerletta(English)
Other Languages & CulturesMuirgel(Old Irish) Myrgjǫl(Old Norse)
Surname DescendantMerrill(English)
User SubmissionMuriël

Popularity

People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   natural   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   complex   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

France: October 1

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Entry updated January 21, 2022