What does Meredith mean?
Meredith /me-red-ith/ 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.
(female) Maredith, Miredith, ..
(male) Meredach, Meredi, ..
How popular is Meredith?
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 (#1358 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Presented below is the birth name history of Meredith for girls. Meredith entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top rank of #153 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is currently at #606. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the statistics of Meredith and corresponding names. Meridith and Merry are the prominent variation forms of Meredith (#606 via latest list). These forms of Meredith were at the peak of their popularity 3 decades ago (usage of 0.1%) and have become significantly less common since, with versions such as Meredith becoming less trendy.
Recommended names are Aldith, Ardath, Ardith▼, Cherith, Eadith, Edith▼, Eidith, Gwenith, Judith▼, Kerith, Kerrith, Leith, Lezith, Marchita, Marcita, Mareina, Mareisa, Maretta, Marette, Margerita (see Margaret), Margit, Marguita, Mariah, Maribeth, Marit, Marita, Markita, Marleigh▲, Marquita▼, Marsita, Martita, Marybeth▼, Meadhbh, Medeia, Media, Meelia, Meerah, Meertha, Melodi, Melodie, Mendota, Merah, Merced, Mercede, Mercedes▼, Mercedez, Merci, Mercia, Mercie, Mercina, Merel, Meriam, Meriel, Merill, Meriol, Meris, Merlina, Merline, Merri, Merrile, Merrili (see Merry), Merrill, Merrily, Mertis, Moraiah, Moriah, Myriah, Orlaith, Perdita, Serenity▲, Tereigh, Teresita, Terezita, Urith and Vardith. These names tend to be less commonly used than Meredith.