Meredith Name Meaning & Origin

Meredith

Pronunciation: MEH-rə-dith (key)

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.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Mere, Merry

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Nicknames for Meredith

Merry, Mere, Mer, Meri, Merri, Edith, Meg, Mar, Mary, Mere Bear, Mers, Mersie, Meme, Mimi

Meanings and history of the name Meredith

It was originally mainly a boy's name and now it's mainly a girl's name. Like Lauren.

It's also been known to mean Strong Leader.

Famous real-life people named Meredith

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! :)
Meredith Stepien, Actor and Singer

Meredith in song, story & screen

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. "Meredith's real name was Mary, but she wasn't having any of that. She needed something much more original and pretty, so she chose Meredith and it sounded suitably soft and caressing on the lips of her numerous boyfriends."

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