GENDER: Masculine & Feminine
USAGE: Welsh, English
PRONOUNCED: MER-ə-dith (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

From the Welsh name Maredudd or Meredydd, possibly meaning "great lord" or "sea lord". Since the mid-1920s it has been used more often for girls than for boys in English-speaking countries, though it is still a masculine name in Wales. A famous bearer of this name as surname was the English novelist and poet George Meredith (1828-1909).
VARIANTS: Maredudd, Meredydd (Welsh), Merideth, Meridith (English)


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Entry updated October 11, 2012