What does Meredith mean?
Meredith /me-red-ith/ [3 sylls.] 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.
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. 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. in the 1980s, and is currently at #606. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
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%, ▼57.5%), with the versions Meredith and Merry becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)