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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 (#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)

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) 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)

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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