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What does Merritt mean?

Merritt Pronunciation of Merritt [mer-ritt] as a boys' name is pronounced MARE-it. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Merritt is "boundary gate". Also possibly "little renowned one", or derived from Mary (Latin) "star of the sea".

Associated with: old english, little, renowned (famous), star, sea.


Merritt has 3 variants: Merit, Meritt and Merrett.

Creative forms:
(male) Marritt, Myritt, ..

(female) Merdy, Merta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Merritt Cairo (M.C.), ..

How popular is Merritt?

Merritt is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#701 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Merritt reached its top position of #474 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Mary is the only other prominent varying form of Merritt rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Merritt were favored as baby names 115 years ago (average #457), but now, versions such as Mary have become somewhat dated.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Averitt, Barratt, Barrett, Bernett, Birkitt (see Birkett), Britt, Burkitt, Corbitt, Dermott, Dewitt, Everitt, Garratt, Garrett, Garritt, Garrott, Gerrit, Gerritt, Gerrity, Hewitt, Hewlitt (see Hewett), Jarrett, Jarrott, Jerett, Jerrett, Jerrott, Leggitt, Maurits, Mauritz, Meiri, Meirion, Meredith, Meridith, Meril, Merill, Merlin, Merlinn (see Merlin), Merrel, Merrell, Merrick, Merrik, Merril, Merrill, Mervin, Merwin, Merwinn (see Mervin), Meyrick, Moritz, Morrice, Morrie, Morrill, Morris, Morriss, Nesbitt and Pruitt. These names tend to be more commonly used than Merritt.

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