Myrtle Name Meaning & Origin
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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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 think Myrtle gets a bad rap because it rhymes with turtle.
Myrtle was my grandmother's name. In honor of her my brother named his daughter Myrtle. I wasn't so fond of it but now it's better than most names nowadays.
I think Myrtle and Hazel would be a cute set of sisters - they're similar sounding without being too matchy, both botanical names, and both really retro.
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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
My grandmother's name was Myrtle, now my niece is named Myrtle after her.
My grandma's name was Myrtle and she was a fine woman. Even after 21 years, I still miss her like it was yesterday!
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- 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.