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Country Stars: Merle Haggard
Merle

Name origin: French

Name meaning: Blackbird

 
Haggard

Name origin: English

Name meaning: nickname from Middle English, Old French hagard ‘wild’, ‘untamed’. This word was adopted into Middle English as a technical term in falconry to denote a hawk that had been captured and trained when already fully grown, rather than being reared in captivity; the surname may have developed as a metonymic occupational name for a falconer.

 
 
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