Meredith: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Meredith
Origin of the name Meredith:
Of debated meaning, some believe it to be derived from the Welsh elements mór (sea) and differaf (I protect): hence, "sea protector" or "protector of the sea." Others believe it is from the Welsh Maredudd, an obsolete name of which the second element is idudd (lord). Meredith originated as a surname, then was bestowed as a personal name upon male children. it is now more commonly used as a female name.
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We named our daughter Meredith two years ago, and have gotten many compliments on her "normal-yet-underused" name. Very timeless and classic--but she won't be one of 3 Merediths in her class, that's for sure! It suits her well, and has plenty of cute nicknames (our favorite is Mere).
My 14 year old sister's name is Meredith. She has never really liked her name, ever since she once met an elderly woman at a shop who's name was also Meredith...ever since then she has associated the name with being old-fashioned sounding, but I like the name! It's not weird by any means but it's different. There are no other Merediths in her grade.
My sister's name is Meredith, She has always been extremely kind, intelligent and ambitious. ie: prom queen, year book editor, class president, varsity cheerleader and now vice president of a consulting firm.
I have a beloved little sister named Meredith. She is only 13 today, but I know she's really gonna be some one awesome. She is very nice and friendly, athletic and is very smart. She even skipped third grade!
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Merry, Mere, Mer, Meri, Merri, Edith, Meg
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It was originally mainly a boy's name and now it's mainly a girl's name. Like Lauren.
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Meredith Baxter, American actress and breast cancer activist
Meredith Brooks, American singer/songwriter and guitarist
Meredith MacRae, American actress
Meredith Jane Monk, American actress, singer, writer and director
Meredith Viera, American journalist and television personality
Meredith Deane, American child actress
Meredith is the name of Taylor Swift's adorable kitten! :)
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Meredith Grey, title character of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"
Meredith Palmer, character in TV series "The Office"
Meredith McKay, character in TV series "Stargate SG-1"
Meredith, selfish flatmate of Georgy in the novel "Georgy Girl" by Margaret Forster and the subsequent 1966 film starring Lynn Redgrave as Georgy.