Quick Facts on Meredith
- English, Welsh
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Characteristics of Meredith
Etymology & Historical Origin - Meredith
Meredith is the anglicized form of an old Welsh masculine name Maredudd. The etymology of Maredudd is not entirely certain. The last element is derived from the Olde Welsh “iudd” meaning “lord” (as in a chief, not God); the uncertainly exists with the first element. It is believed that the name probably means “great lord”. Outside of Wales (where Meredith remains masculine), the name has since transformed into a female name. This may have been influenced by British author Enid Bagnold’s popular 1935 novel “National Velvet” wherein she names one of the Brown sisters Meredith. The name is not particularly popular in the 21st century.
Popularity of the Name Meredith
Not surprisingly, Meredith has a longer history as a masculine name in the United States; although it was never a particular favorite. In fact, 1954 marks the last year Meredith showed up on the male naming charts. In the meantime, Meredith became a girl’s name in America in the early 20th century (1910) and surpassed her male counterpart by the 1940s. The height of Meredith’s usage for girls was definitely during the 1980s when she hovered around 150th place in terms of popularity (a pretty respectable position). However, the name has been on a downward trend since the 1990s and is no longer a fashionable choice. The only exception was in 2006, the year following the debut of a popular TV series called “Grey’s Anatomy” in which Ellen Pompeo plays the show’s protagonist Dr. Meredith Grey. The influence of this character’s name on the charts would be brief, however, as Meredith is once again declining in usage. While Meredith is no longer a stylish pick by today’s naming standards, many parents might find this name attractive for its current underuse. There are many things appealing about this name. Since it’s technically unisex, Meredith conveys a sense of power and strength. It’s not frilly and girly, but smart and sturdy. The nickname Merrie is both happy and upbeat, while Meredith is elegant and mature.
Popularity of the Girl Name Meredith
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Meredith
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Meredith
Meredith We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Meredith.
Popular Songs on Meredith
Meredith - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Meredith.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Meredith
Meredith, the Witch Who Wasn't (C. Unzner and D. Lachner) - Meredith returns, and her magic spells are as unpredictable as ever. Meredith accidentally utters the spell for uninvited guests, and -- whoosh! -- a little sorcerer with an insatiable appetite flies in and plops himself down at her table. "Hungry!" he screeches, and Meredith has her hands full first trying to feed him, and then trying to get rid of him. What follows is a battle of fantastically funny spells that lasts until lunchtime and teaches her to mind her words and watch out for unexpected magic. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Your Best Friend, Meredith (Melissa Glenn Haber) - Twelve-year-old Meredith’s world is rocked when her best friend Anjali dies from a sudden viral infection. In letters to Anjali, Meredith puzzles through how to cope with the ongoing challenges of school and regular life without her BFF by her side. Complicating matters is the new friendship she develops with Noah, the object of a crush she and Anjali once shared. Meredith’s connection with Noah leads first to guilt as the two grow closer…and ultimately to revelations that could shatter every memory Meredith holds dear regarding her lost friend. With an extremely authentic and relatable voice, Your Best Friend, Meredith is moving and sometimes sad—though never heavy—as well as funny and always accessible. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Meredith
Famous People Named Meredith - Meredith Vieira (news anchor), Meredith Baxter (actress); Meredith Brooks (singer/songwriter); Meredith Kercher (Perugia, Italy murder victim)
Children of Famous People Named Meredith
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Meredith - Charles M. Schulz (cartoonist); Chris Berman (sportscaster)
Meredith - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Meredith - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Meredith.
Personality of the Girl Name Meredith
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Meredith