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What does Merry mean?

Merry Pronunciation of Merry [mer-ry] as a girls' name is pronounced MARE-ee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Merry is "joyful". Also variant of Meredith and Mercy; homonym of Mary. Merryn was the name of a seventh-century Irish saint.

Associated with: old english, joyful, irish (gaelic), saint.


Merry has 12 variants: Marrilee, Marylea, Marylee, Merree, Merri, Merrie, Merrielle, Merrile, Merrilee, Merrili, Merrily and Merryn.

Affiliated girl name: Happy.

30 more related forms via Mary, Mercy, Meredith: Mair, Maire, Mara, Mare, Maree, Maren, Maria, Marie, Marin, Marja, Marje, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Maura, Maure, Mavra, May, Mayra, Mercey, Merci, Mercie, Meriel, Mersey, Minny, Moira, Moire, Molly, Morag and Muire.

Creative forms:
(female) Merra, Mury, ..

(male) Mermi, Merro, ..

Middle name pairings:
Merry Kali (M.K.), ..

How popular is Merry?

Merry is a very popular first name for females (#1152 out of 4276, Top 27%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#8242 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Merry was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its highest rank of #510 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merry name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Mara (#739 in 2015), Maree, Maren (#1113), Maria (#109), Marie (#564), Marin (#1471), Marla, Marlo, Mary (#124), Marylee, Maura (#1490), May (#1658), Mayra (#1275), Mercy (#1013), Meredith (#590), Merri, Merrie, Merrilee, Merrily, Moira (#1645) and Molly (#144) are the prominent variation forms of Merry listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Merry were favored a century ago (average #1551) and are now much less widespread (#1360, 93.2% less usage), with forms such as Merry becoming less trendy. Mary is more universally found than the rest, though Maria is currently more frequently used.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merry, Mara, Maree, Maren, Maria in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marie, Marin, Marla, Marlo, Mary in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marylee, Maura, May, Mayra, Mercy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Meredith, Merri, Merrie, Merrilee, Merrily in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Moira, Molly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maria, Mary, Molly outside U.S.

Similar Names

Merry is alike in pronunciation to Maery, Mahra, Maira, Mairi, Marah, Maraya, Mari, Marra, Meara, Meera, Meerah, Meira, Mera, Merah, Mira, Mirah, Mireya, Miri, Mirra, Mora, Morah, Moria, Myra, Myrah and Myree. Other suggested similar names are Barry, Berry, Carry, Cherry, Corry, Derry, Dorry, Gerry, Jerry, Jery, Jorry, Karry, Kerry, Korry, Lorry, Marcy, Margy, Marjy, Marty, Meggy, Melly, Meral, Merel, Meris, Merl, Merla, Merle, Merlyn, Merna, Merril, Merryl, Meryl, Norry, Perry, Sherry, Terry and Torry. These names tend to be less frequently used than Merry.

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