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#1 *LiMa*

Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:57 AM

The names Beryl and Merle. If this baby is a girl I would like to name her after both my Nan's but quite frankly their names don't work well in 2013

#2 ~Supernova~

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:00 AM

I have no idea of modern versions, but could you use them as middle names perhaps?

#3 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:03 AM

Marilyn?    Do they have an equivalent in another language?

mmm they are old fuddy duddy names aren't they.

#4 ComradeBob

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:04 AM

I'd use them both as middle names. I know there has been a trend towards vintage/grandma names, but those two are a little too out there for my taste  original.gif

#5 Sancti-mummy

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:06 AM

I am sorry, but if I wanted to honour my grandparents I would either use them or put them as middle names rather than find a modernised version.  Personally I love and would use both - my money is on them resurging in popularity in the next few years.  Only 10 years ago Ruby and Olive would never have been contemplated.

#6 Eirinn

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:09 AM

QUOTE (suziej @ 17/01/2013, 08:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am sorry, but if I wanted to honour my grandparents I would either use them or put them as middle names rather than find a modernised version. Personally I love and would use both - my money is on them resurging in popularity in the next few years.  Only 10 years ago Ruby and Olive would never have been contemplated.

I agree with the bolded part, strongly disagree with the rest. I still wouldn't contemplate Ruby or Olive!

#7 julzely

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:18 AM

I can't remember which member, but ages ago some suggested instead of using their name asking them to pick a middle name, so that you are still honoring them, but don't actually need to use those names.  I thought this was an interesting idea that might be of use in your situation.

#8 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:18 AM

I'm another who would choose whatever first name I wanted and then have them both as middle name.

QUOTE (suziej @ 17/01/2013, 08:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Only 10 years ago Ruby and Olive would never have been contemplated.

I've met many Ruby's who are not old people and not around 10 or younger so I would not place it in that category.

#9 Bernard Woolley

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:33 AM

Beryl is a stone that's often green. You could go with 'Jade' as a similar idea?

#10 swirlygirl

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:49 AM

If you're set on modernising, some ideas:

Beryl is actually the name of a mineral, which produces the gemstones aquamarine, emerald, and morganite, among others. The word beryl was originally derived from a word meaning "precious blue-green color-of-sea-water stone".

Merle (the name) apparently means "blackbird" but has also been listed as being a derivative of the name Meriel (pronounced Mare-ee-al), which has a name meaning of "sea nymph" or "shining sea" depending on the country of origin.

So Meriel is a possible tie in for both- honoring the sea-colour of beryl, while having some relation to Merle.

Or of you don't mind gemstone names you could use aquamarine, emerald, Morgan/ite.

Honestly though, none of these sound brilliant to me and is just use the originals as middle names or look at the nannas' middle names, or some other important feature- birthplace, favourite flower, have them give name suggestions like a PP mentioned, etc.

#11 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:00 AM

I actually don't mind Merle...

#12 Bam1

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:00 AM

I'll go against the grain and say be brave use one as a first name. I've named one DD a very similar grandma name (rates high in the what old fashioned names shouldn't come back threads) and its been a great name.

Otherwise, using them as a MN is a nice honour.

#13 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:07 AM

QUOTE (Dabri @ 17/01/2013, 09:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I actually don't mind Merle...

Me too!

#14 vanessa71

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

I'd use them as middle names.

I don't see the point naming a child after someone if you don't like their name. My grandmothers would have been horrified if I'd named DD either Meryl or Rhonda.

And to the PP, Merle and Beryl are not going to make comeback anytime soon.

#15 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:32 AM

EHB, your suggestion of Meribel/Maribel  leaves me cold. It reminds me of the Darrelyns and Raylyns of the 1960s.

I had similar problem - my choice would have been between Ada and Ethel. Went with neither.

#16 SisterMaryElephant

Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:11 AM

I'd use them as is in the middle spot.

Although I once taught a Meryl.  It worked very well on a lovely teenager, so I'm quite partial to that, and it's a kind of smush of both names.  And you've got the fabulous Meryl Streep as a namesake.

Edited by CleverChook, 17 January 2013 - 09:13 AM.

#17 vanessa71

Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:17 AM

QUOTE (CleverChook @ 17/01/2013, 10:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Although I once taught a Meryl.  It worked very well on a lovely teenager, so I'm quite partial to that, and it's a kind of smush of both names.  And you've got the fabulous Meryl Streep as a namesake.

I remember my nana whinging about her name, Meryl and how it was awful and she was the only Meryl around. She actually called herself something different to certain people for a while and she hated her name so much. Meryl Streep came along too late for her. wink.gif

#18 kerilyntaryn

Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:26 AM

Cyan  - similar colour to Beryl

Merilyn - similar to Meryl

same meaning as Meryl


names that contain Mer


these contain all the letters from Merle


names that contain Ber

Amberly - has the same letters as Beryl
Amberlyn - has the same letters as Beryl
Kimberly - has the same letters as Beryl
Kimberlyn - has the same letters as Beryl

other names with the same letters as Beryl - Brylen, Brylee

or combine Merle and Beryl


some say Merle means blackbird - so Rayven/Raven

do you have middle names or surnames you could use

#19 Gudrun

Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:33 AM

QUOTE (Dabri @ 17/01/2013, 09:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I actually don't mind Merle...


Actual variants:



and alt spellings of Beryl:


Or go with Aquamarine.

Merletta Beryl would be a good name (Merletta being 'little Merle'). NN Lettie.

(or Merletta Berrill)

Edited by Gudrun, 17 January 2013 - 09:56 AM.

#20 Amber Spyglass

Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:42 AM

I quite like Meryl as a combined honoring. I see nothing wrong with either name or both as middle names. Family names are very special, in my opinion, and I would just use them as is.

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