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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.


Variations

Meredith has 6 variants: Meradith, Meredithe, Meredyth, Meridith, Merridie and Merry.


Popularity

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. 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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Meredith name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Meredith outside U.S.

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). These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 (usage of 0.464%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.197%, down 57.5%), with the versions Meredith and Merry becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Meredith, Merry in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Meredith and related baby names outside U.S.

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