Origin of merlePerhaps from merle1.
Great Dane with a merle coat
Origin of merleMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin merulus, merula.
From the taxonomic name; from Latin turdus (“thrush") and merula (“blackbird"), giving rise to the French merle, from Proto-Indo-European *ams- (“black, blackbird"), see also Breton moualch (“ouzel"), Welsh mwyalch (“blackbird, thrush"), English ouzel
- A type of mottled colouration on dogs.
From French Merle.
- A female given name.