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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- Comments and insights on the name Myrtle
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.
- Personal experiences with the name Myrtle
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
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
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
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.