I know a female with this name and she is a city official and doctor of medicine. Strong, easy to spell. Short and goes with most last names. Unusual. Fits a city official or a Hollywood actress.

Merle was originally a surname deriving from merle, the French word for "blackbird." in the USA, it has been in use since at least the 1880s as a name, and was more popular for girls than for boys until the 1960s, when it became used more for boys. This phenomenon may have been due to the popularity of the country singer Merle Haggard.

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