I am reading a book set in Victorian England. Merrit is the name of a innocent girl on trial. Its written by Anne Perry, and she's normally on target with history and names. (She's not one of those authors who do no research at all) Anyway, I'm curious about it. My questions are:
1) Is it a real name? 2) When was it used? 3) Does it have a meaning? 4) Is it a take of of Merit? 5) What is the correct pron. - is it like the word Merrit, Mer-reet.