Meredith - Meaning of Meredith
[ 3 syll. me-re-dit(h), mer-edi-th ] The baby girl name Meredith is also used as a boy name, though it is more commonly a girl name. It is pronounced MEHR-ah-Dih-TH in English †. Meredith is of Welsh origin. It is used mainly in English and Welsh. The meaning of Meredith is 'great chief'. The first name is Anglicized from the male name Maredudd (Old Welsh), Meredudd (Old Welsh) or Meredydd (Old Welsh), which are of the second element iudd (meaning 'chief, lord') and the possible first element mawredd.
Meredith has 20 forms. Forms of the name include Maredud, Meradith, Meredeth, Meredithe, Meredy, Meredydd, Meredythe, Meri, Meridath, Meridel, Meridie, Merri, Merridie, Merridith, Merrie, and Merrydith. Other English forms include the shortening Merry, and the spelling variants Meredyth, Merideth, and Meridith.
Meredith is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name grew in popularity from the 1910s up to the 1980s. At the modest height of its usage in 1980, 0.116% of baby girls were named Meredith. It was #140 in rank then. The baby name has seen a drop in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #524 with a usage of 0.032%, but it was nevertheless the most frequently used within all girl names in its family. Although there were times from 1901 to 1931 that Meredith was more popular with boys, today it is used more commonly as a baby girl name. In 1954, 5 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Meredith.
Baby names that sound like Meredith include Meradith, Mairghead, Marcita, Maredud, Margiad, Mariet, Markita, Marquita, Mary Kate, Mary-Kate, Marykate, Mauricette, Mercadie, Mercede, Muratie, Mariatu, Mariquita, Maarath, Marath, and Margad.
† Pronunciation for Meredith: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)"
A famous person named Meredith is TV Personality, Meredith Vieira, born 30 December 1953, Providence, Rhode Island.