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What does Merit mean?

Merit Pronunciation of Merit [mer-it] as a name for boys is an Old English name, and the name Merit means "boundary gate". Merit is a version of Merritt (Old English): also possibly "little renowned one".

Associated with: old english.


Merit has 2 variants: Meritt and Merrett.

Creative forms:
(male) Mermit, Mertai, ..

(female) Merdy, Merta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Merit Maximiliano (M.M.), ..

How popular is Merit?

Merit is a rare first name for males but a somewhat popular last name for both adults and children (#78549 out of 150436, Top 52%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Merritt is the only popular alternative form of Merit (not ranked). This form of Merit reached the peak of its popularity in the 1890s (#474), but now, Merritt has become less trendy. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merritt in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Amrit, Averit, Brit, Gerrit, Kermit, Marik, Mario, Mart, Meir, Meiri, Merce, Meril, Merill, Merle, Merlin, Merom, Merrik, Merril, Mervin, Merwin, Meryl, Mori, Morio, Moris, Moritz, Moriz and Mort. These names tend to be more commonly used than Merit.

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