Origin of the name MYRTLE.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MYRTLE.
From Latin myrta, meaning "myrtle-tree." Also see
Myrtie, and Myrtilla.
Myrtle Gonzalez (d. 1918), was an American
actress. Josephene Myrtle Corbin (d. 1928), was born a dipygus, i.e.
she had two separate pelvises. Myrtle Ethel Maclagan (d. 1993), was
an English cricketer. (Wiki)
the emblem of fertility and purity, and in Germany and one or two other
places is regarded as the proper plant for the bridal wreath in spite of
its being also associated with sorrow and war, and in mediaeval times
awarded as a prize to the brave.
The sign of peace who first
The olive wreath possesses;
The lover with the myrtle sprays
Adorns his crisped tresses.
says Michael Drayton in his Muses'
In Somersetshire a flowering myrtle is regarded as
the greatest acquisition to a house, and there is a popular saying
concerning it, "water it every morning, and be proud of it; for it
is the luckiest plant to have in your window. To get the plant to
grow (which is often a most difficult matter), you should spread the
tail or skirt of your dress when planting the slip, and look proud."
Whilst the Romans strewed roses on the graves of
those they loved, the Greeks preferred the myrtle, and if none were used
it was looked upon as matter for complaint. One of the old Greek
writers lamented that the tomb of Agamemnon had never been adorned with
the much-prized plant:
With no librations, nor with
Were my dear father's manes gratified.