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Spelling variations: Meradith (that's me!), Meridith, Meredyth, Meredeth, Merydith
-- Anonymous User  2/23/2005
The Welsh pronunciation of Meredith stresses the second syllable instead of the first.
-- Anonymous User  3/18/2005
Firstly, contrary to a lot of information I've seen (including the American Webster’s dictionary), the name has nothing to do with the sea or water whatsoever. It does not mean "Guardian of the Sea", "Protector of the Sea" or any other such combination.

The original spelling was Maredudd - pronounced "Mredeeth". Often the "E" following the "M" is not pronounced. In the Welsh language and in English speaking Wales, the accent and stress is always on the Penultimate syllable, the modern pronunciation is therefore - Mer-(as in “Myrrh”) Rheh d'ith. Said quickly it almost becomes M’redith! The incorrect pronunciation that strikes the name outside of the Welsh borders is the one widely accepted in the U.S. and the rest of Britain, which curiously causes "Merry" to be a suitable shortening! To those of us who are Welsh it is grating to the ears to say the least to hear our name so mutilated! As a resident of the US I spend a lot of time correcting people in the pronunciation of the name.

Other seemingly unrelated but correct pet or short forms of the name are PRIDDY, PREEDY, PREDDY, BEDO, BEDDOES etc. Meredith is an Anglicized form of Welsh Meredudd, earlier (Middle Welsh) Maredud(d). The word is transparently a two-member compound, the second component of which goes back to Old Welsh iud(d) ‘lord’ (Indo-European *youdhyos). Cf. the -ith in Meredith and Griffith and note OW Moriud ‘sea warrior, sea lord’. In his Language and History in Early Britain (1953:346), Kenneth Jackson has marshaled a history of the name’s transformations from the Annales Cambriae forward: Morgetiud > Margetiud > Margetud > Maredud(d) > Meredith. Clearly, Old Welsh Morgetiud is not equivalent to Moriud, and a ‘sea lord’ etymology for Meredith must be rejected. In fact, no amount of licit phonological or morphological tinkering permits an equation Morgetiud = Moriud. In Morgetiud, necessarily our point of departure, -et- seemingly points to an underlying plural -etes, such as we find in early tribal names, e.g. Gaulish Namnetes. If so, then a tribal name reconstructed as *Morgetes or the like may be a preform. A Celtic *Morgetes would companionze semantically (see below) with Germanic Marcomanni ‘the men of the march or frontier men’. Initial morg- points to Common Celtic morg- / mrog- as alternative o-grade syllabifications of an Indo-European *mereg- ‘boundary land, border area’ (Pokorny’s notation: IEW 738). Such alternative Vr ~ rV syllabifications are well attested in Celtic, e.g. Latin porrum ‘leek, plant grown in a recessed bed’ from *pr-so- vs. prâtum ‘meadow’ from *prH-to- : Middle Irish ra(i)th ‘earthen rampart, garden bed’. For *morg-, cf. Gothic (etc.) marka < Indo-European morgâ feminine. For *mrog-, recall Cymmry ‘Welsh’ < *Com-mroges and compare Old Irish mruig- < *mrogi- ‘country, area’, Breton bro ‘country, district’, and so forth.

The name is of course a male Christian name with some of the earliest examples dating from the 6th century onwards. It was a name popular with some members of the ancient Welsh Royal families. Exactly how or why it should become common as a female name in the U.S is curious indeed! A girl or woman named Meredith to us, is as strange to us as a woman called Peter, Jack or David! The name's most common point of origin is in the rural border counties of Mid Wales - Radnorshire, Montgomeryshire and also over the border in Herefordshire and its neighbours. Even today, this is where the greatest concentration of the name exists.

There are several ancient families of the name - that is to say families who adopted the name as a "fixed" surname prior to the mid 1600's. The Meredith families of Llanbister/Llangunllo/ St Harmon and Nantmel being some of the most ancient. There is also a very ancient line that came from the Wrexham/Denbigh area in North Wales. This Denbighshire family are often linked with the Tudor family in a lot of genealogies, however research conducted so far has proved no link. As with most of the surviving ancient Welsh names, Meredith and its variants are PATRONYMIC, the ancient naming system of most of Wales until the last 300 years or so. Quite simply this means that all Merediths are not related to each other.

In modern Britain, the greatest concentration of the name is to be found in the Midlands of England and in the border counties close to Wales such as Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire etc. Across the border, in Wales, the name is most common in modern Glamorganshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire. A distribution pattern not that different to 200 years ago.
-- hanescymru  7/1/2005
Actually, according to UK birth records (checkable via Ancestry), the majority of Merediths in Wales have been female for at least the last 30-odd years, and the earliest I could find was a Meredith Hannah Lastname born in Cardiff in 1870, so the practice has been going on for some time. It's certainly not "as strange as a woman called Peter, Jack or David".
-- Pie  3/29/2012
Character named Meredith Gentry in Laurell K. Hamilton's "Meredith Gentry" series.
-- Ciarda  7/14/2005
Meredith Baxter played the mom on the sitcom "Family Ties."
-- breakofday  12/16/2005
The lead character on the TV show "Grey's Anatomy" is named Meredith. I think it's a very classic, nice name for any age.
-- Anonymous User  1/23/2006
"Meredith Grey is a fictional surgeon and the series protagonist on the ABC television series Grey's Anatomy" - Wikipedia.com
-- cej  10/24/2009
Meredith is a beautiful name. It sounds feminine and strong.
-- Anonymous User  4/30/2006
I prefer Meredith for a boy.
-- Mithos514  5/31/2006
I love the name Meredith! One of my best friends has this name and it fits her personality perfectly! Funny, smart, and awesome!
-- amber monkey  7/13/2006
I absolutely love this name (on a girl only).
-- Anonymous User  8/12/2006
In the show Stargate Atlantis Rodney's full name is actually Meredith Rodney Mckay. :p
-- amorarite  9/9/2006
Always reminds me of an old lady.
-- FairyGirl  9/14/2006
Meredith has been on the top 1000 list since 1910. Its most popular year was the 1980's.
-- Anonymous User  9/20/2006
I think Meredith is an elegant name.
-- Fionafabulous  9/25/2006
I love Meredith on a girl. It's so classy and feminine, I really can't picture a boy named this, it just seems weird to me.
-- Anonymous User  11/12/2006
Lovely on a girl. It's so classy and has some nice nickname possibilities.
-- Sarah Elizabeth  12/31/2006
Singer/songwriter Meredith Brooks is a famous bearer.
-- Missy  1/24/2007
It's beautiful as a feminine name, and all the Meredith's I've met have had a combination of beauty and brilliance.
-- dreadfulxsorry  1/24/2007
An alternate spelling to Meredith is Merridy, which is my mother's name.
-- Sophie Jenkins  2/20/2007
Well I'd hate to keep contradicting Sophie here but um, I fail to see how Merridy constitutes as "alternate spelling". It is a completely different (made up) name. It isn't pronounced the same, it isn't spelled anywhere close to the same and I'm sure it has absolutely no meaning at all. Sorry but it's the truth.
-- stuckonstupid  2/23/2007
The name Merridy is from a surname. There are many spellings of surnames that are similar to Meredith and may be related (Merriday, Meredy etc).
-- mirfak  5/8/2008
I named my daughter Meredith because it seemed more unusual than Melanie or Melissa, and less sweet and gentle. She's 7 and seems to like it pretty much, except a lot of people can't spell or pronounce it!
-- Alexandra23  2/27/2007
My name is Meredith, and I would never think of a boy named such. Most people call me Merrie as a nickname, or Merrie D. as a combination of Merrie and the D in Meredith.
-- Merrie.D  6/14/2007
My sister's name is Meredith Georgia. I like her name fine, but I think of it more as a middle name. (Lily Meredith, Holly Meredith) I think it's feminine and strong, and I do really like it, but it's not my most favorite. My mom and dad call her "Mary" for a nickname, and I just call her "Mere" and sometimes "Murdeeth" just for fun!
-- grapefruit_girl  7/13/2007
I think this name would ago pretty well on a person. As a child, they could have the nickname Merrie, and then just be called Meredith as an adult. I think it suits a girl more than a boy. =)
-- bobcat_explorer  7/18/2007
My name is Meredith, so understandably I really like the name. And personally, I would hate it if anyone called me Merrie or Mary or whatnot.
-- Anonymous User  7/28/2007
I love it. It's flowy and funky, to me. I was primarily drawn to it because it just so happens to be a neat combo of both my grandmothers' first names - Mary and Edith.
-- virginiadays  8/24/2007
My name is Meredith and I have always loved my name. My mom calls me Mere (which I think is really cute) and some friends call me Mers for short.
-- merswa  11/26/2007
I think Meredith sounds better on a girl than a boy. It's ok on a boy, but WAY better on a girl.
-- aquaspirit96  1/9/2008
This is one of the few unisex names I can tolerate. It doesn't have a cult following like Madison or Avery nor does it scream masculine on a girl. It's just simply a feminine, gorgeous, and soft name. It's not to bad on a boy, but I actually prefer it on a girl.
-- spaz123  1/21/2008
"Meredith Rodney McKay" is the first name of the TV show "Stargate: Atlantis" character known as "Rodney McKay", the Canadian Chief Scientific Advisor of the Atlantis Expedition. But he goes as "Rodney" and no one knew about the "Meredith" part, until his equally genius sister "Jeannie" needed to come and help out and let that secret slip. I suppose that he was teased about it as a kid in school.
-- Charlie1977  3/29/2008
No offense, but it sounds quite dated, and I find it difficult to imagine someone named Meredith under the age of 35. I don't like the 'th' ending either.
-- slight night shiver  4/30/2008
I like this name. I hate girly names but Meredith is strong and feminine so I like it. I'm also a big Grey's Anatomy fan so that's a great association as well.
-- renee06  5/21/2008
Meredith Carlson is one of the fictional Carlson septuplets.

http://www.skygawker.com/septuplets/
-- Patricia Underwood  6/5/2008
I honestly cannot find this one appealing on girls. Another stolen name.
-- Anonymous User  6/6/2008
I'm really starting to like this name (on a girl). I'm usually not a fan of unisex names, but this one I actually like. It doesn't have that trendiness that Taylor, Hayden, and Riley seem to have. I would totally consider using this name as a middle name for a future daughter.
-- Joan-Ay  10/31/2008
So cute! Possibly a middle name. I think a cute nickname would be Merrie if they were a baby, Mer if a teen, and just plain Meredith if they're older.
-- smiilebiigerx3  3/3/2009
My daughter is Meredith Constance. She occasionally goes by Meri for short. While I understand the name is historically used on boys, (and I actually am a HUGE "boy name on girl" hater) this one is different to me because the roots/meaning of the name do not preclude use on girls, and the origin of the name is as a surname which was later adopted as a Christian name. The fact that has been used in the States almost exclusively on girls for several generations, and the feminine sound, are further supporting factors. Plus, it's just such a pretty name. :)
-- aerynna  6/26/2009
While it has been heavily used on girls here I still get an internal giggle given it's meaning just like I do Dylan (Welsh sea god). It's just bizarre what names "turn".
-- Anonymous User  7/23/2009
The singer Meredith Godreau, better known as Gregory and the Hawk, is a semi-famous bearer of the name. She's got the most adorable voice.
-- MrsChaos42  9/11/2009
Good sense, but it sounds like yuk yuk yuk.
-- Anonymous User  9/24/2009
I think it's a very lovely name. My only issue with it is that I can't really picture a young girl with this name. The name to me sounds very mature and womanly.
-- Meadow  9/2/2010
Don't forget Meredith Willson, author of THE MUSIC MAN!
-- Anonymous User  9/26/2010
This is a beautiful name. It's my middle name, and I always regretted it wasn't my first, but my father objected to its being a boy's name. (This is long before that became trendy.) Now, of course, it's much more common for girls. I like Merry or Merrie as nicknames, too.
-- Anonymous User  2/20/2011
There is nothing overtly repulsive about this name. It is hands down head and shoulders above the abominable "kre8tiv" titles nowadays. Regardless, it is no secret that "Meredith" is an aged, almost geriatric name. My fear is that it would number the bearer, as well.
-- Francesca  5/5/2011
This does not seem like a masculine name to me at ALL.
-- Joy12  5/11/2011
I'm sorry but this is a really weird name and I definitely can't imagine this name on a boy?! :/
-- nonny  2/21/2012
Even though this was originally a boy name, I love it for a girl. It's on my shortlist for names to change to, because my father liked it when my parents were discussing names before I was born. I can easily see myself as a Meredith, and "Merry" is an adorable nickname.
-- the_awesome_elf  5/10/2012
My Name is Meredith. Meredith Skyy. :3 My father named me after an actress, (and vodka, henceSkyy.. my middle name xDD) but I seem to like my name more because of all the history behind it, and the fact that it's an older name with meaning instead of the kreatyve, made up names now days. I used to not like it much when I was younger. I was called stuff like Murrdiff, Mary Death, even Meredick. XD I don't like being called Mere or Merry. I just like Meredith or Mara. (Mere-ah)I'm starting to like my name more as I get older. I still wish people would pronounce it right. :\ It's Ma-rare-dith. NOT MAIR-DITH. The correct way to say it is way better then the way people think it's said, but whenever I try to correct someone they just give me weird looks. So, I'm stuck with a mispronounced name for the rest of my life. I should move to Whales. At least they'll say it right there. It's like calling someone named Courtney, Coo-ort-nee. :\
-- Anonymous User  9/10/2012
As a feminine name, I really like it. I must've first heard it as a girl's name to feel strongly that it does not suit a man - like boys called Dana or Gail, sits strangely, like a girl being called Thomas or Gerald.
Anyway, I think it sounds... considered, calm, somehow.
-- SilveryRow  9/2/2013
The 20th century composer Meredith Wilson was a man whose name was Meredith. He composed "The Music Man" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."
-- Stefan Nikola  2/15/2014
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot jr., born November 17, 1938, is a Canadian folk singer.
-- foreverslowly  5/7/2014
Really lame name for a really lame person.
-- meredithwow  6/23/2014
Interesting to read what other people think of my name. I've had it for almost 35 years now, and have always felt neutral about it. I'm glad that it's uncommon but common enough- though sometimes I wish it were more clearly defined (if it really does mean 'lord'; I totally don't identify with that)... I suppose I like that it's mysterious!
-- meredithea  8/26/2014
I really like it and think it's underused. I am considering it for another girl.
-- erinn1977  9/8/2014

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