The name Myrtle ranked 258th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name is highly rated in the 1990 U.S. Census popularity survey of all ages, but after 1960 does not appear in the state data listing the most popular baby names.
The myrtle is an aromatic, evergreen shrub. It was sacred to the goddess of love in a number of ancient Mediterranean cultures. A Persian form of this name is the probable source of another English girl's name, Esther.