What does Meredith mean?
Meredith \m(e)-redi-th, mer(e)-dith\ as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Meredith) is pronounced MARE-a-dith, ma-RARE-dith. It is of Old Welsh origin, and the meaning of Meredith is "great, noted ruler". Also possibly "sea lord". American use of Meredith is now mostly as a girl's name. Actress Meredith Baxter; newscaster Meredith Vieira.
Meredith is a very popular first name for females (#434 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#1366 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Meredith for girls. Meredith entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its top rank of #156 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is currently at #606. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Meredith and corresponding names. Merry is the only other prominent variation form of Meredith (#606 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000. This girl name was at the peak of its popularity during 1940-1949 and has become significantly less popular since, with the versions Meredith and Merry becoming less trendy. (2014 Birth Statistics)