Myrtle: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Myrtle

Myrtle

Pronunciation: MER-təl (key)

Origin of the name Myrtle:

Derived from the Greek myrtos (myrtle, plants from the genus Myrtus). Var: Myrtia, Myrtice, Myrtis, Myrtisa, Myrta.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Myrtle: | Edit

Myrtle is my mother's name, and as my dad says, "People named Myrtle are an endangered species." I wish I could have another daughter so I could name her Myrtle. I think it's a lovely name. Say it a few times, write it down, listen to it spoken. The name Myrtle gets a bad rap, I'm not sure why. I much prefer it to the trendy names such as Ashley and Meagan.

I would not name a kid Myrtle in this day and age - she's be teased to death at school! It IS a STUPID-SOUNDING NAME!

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This was the name of my favorite grandmother and I'd love to pass it along to a daughter of my own--but my husband and my other children object very strongly, I think because the name rhymes with "turtle," or maybe it's just the -er sound that is objectionable (e.g., Bertha). :(

Myrtle, the turtle that wore a girdle

I would love to have a crepe myrtle tree in my yard - the blooms are beautiful! But to bestow the name Myrtle on a child? uh-uh!

My mother used to tease me by asking if I wished she'd named me Myrtle Gertrude - then I could be called Mert-Gert

Nicknames for Myrtle: | Edit

Myrt, Myrtie

Meanings and history of the name Myrtle: | Edit

From the myrtle tree, which has fragrant blossoms and was traditionally used in bridal wreaths as a symbol of purity. The Hebrew equivalent is Hadassah.

Famous real-life people named Myrtle: | Edit

Myrtle Reed, American author and poet.
Myrtle Stedman, American opera singer and early silent film actress.
Myrtle Vail, American actress and writer.
Myrtle Hart early American harpist.

Myrtle in song, story & screen: | Edit

Moaning Myrtle, minor character in the "Harry Potter" series written by J. K. Rowling.
Myrtle Wilson, Character in the novel "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Myrtle Snow, a witch in the TV series American Horror Story:Coven.

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