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What does Meredith mean?

Meredith Pronunciation of Meredith 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH great, ruler (queen), sea


VARIANTS Meradith, Meredithe, Meredyth, Meridith, Merridie, Merry



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How popular is Meredith?

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 (#1358 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Meredith entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top rank of #153 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is currently at #524. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Meridith and Merry are the prominent variation forms of Meredith (#524 VIA LATEST LIST). These forms of Meredith were at the peak of their popularity 4 decades ago (USAGE OF 0.1%) and have become significantly less common since, with versions such as Meredith becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Meredith, Meridith, Merry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Aldith, Ardath, Ardith, Cherith, Eadith, Edith, Eidith, Gwenith, Judith, Kerith, Kerrith, Leith, Lezith, Marchita, Marcita, Mareina, Mareisa, Maretta, Marette, Margerita (see Margaret), Margit, Marguita, Mariah, Maribeth, Marit, Marita, Markita, Marleigh, Marquita, Marsita, Martita, Marybeth, Meadhbh, Medeia, Media, Meelia, Meerah, Meertha, Melodi, Melodie, Mendota, Merah, Merced, Mercede, Mercedes, Mercedez, Merci, Mercia, Mercie, Mercina, Merel, Meriam, Meriel, Merill, Meriol, Meris, Merlina, Merline, Merri, Merrile, Merrili (see Merry), Merrill, Merrily, Mertis, Moraiah, Moriah, Myriah, Orlaith, Perdita, Serenity, Tereigh, Teresita, Terezita, Urith and Vardith. These names tend to be less commonly used than Meredith.

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