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What does Meir mean?

Meir Pronunciation of Meir [meir] as a boys' name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Meir is "bright one". Biblical name popular in Israel, probably as homage to Prime Minister Golda Meir, whose last name was shortened from Meirson.

Associated with: bright, biblical, popular (famous).


Meir has 4 variants: Mayer, Meiri, Meyer and Myer.

1 feminine form: Meira.

Creative forms:
(male) Menir, Moir, ..

(female) Meirre, Mere, ..

Middle name pairings:
Meir Shmuel (M.S.), ..

How popular is Meir?

Meir is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#39444 out of 150436, Top 26%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Meir entered the list in 1991 and reached its highest rank of #1249 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Meir (#1249 the previous year) are Meyer (#1999 the previous year) and Myer. These forms of Meir reached the apex of their popularity in the 1910s and have become much less widespread since.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Meir, Meyer, Myer in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Meir is pronounced similarly to Maier, Mar, Mar-, Marr, Mayeer, Mayor, Meier, Moore, More and Muir. Other recommended names are Abir, Ameir, Amir, Emir, Gair, Geir, Jair, Kefir, Keir, Mahir, Maik, Mead, Meed, Meilyr, Meino, Meinor, Mel, Menor, Meril, Merit, Muneir, Munir, Ofir, Ymir and Zefir. These names tend to be more frequently used than Meir.

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