Merle is the French word for “blackbird” which comes from Latin merula (blackbird) derived from a PIE root word; it’s also a French surname which may have derived as a nickname for someone who resembled or had traits of a blackbird. As an English given name, Merle may be a variant spelling of Merrill, an English surname derived from…


Lonan comes from Old Irish Lonán meaning “little blackbird” from Irish lon (blackbird) and the diminutive suffix án. Lonan is also a surname as well as a place name. Origin: Irish Variants: Lonán (Irish)