I think there are several names rolling around with the same sound.
1) Merit, directly transliterated from Ancient Egyptian, not currently given by the Copts, meaning 'beloved'
2) Merit, the common everyday English word for worthiness, value.
3) Marit, a Danish contracted form of Margaret-- spelled Merit in Swedish, Maaret in Finnish, Maret in Estonian, etc
4) Merritt, an English surname
5) Meirit, prn 'Myer-eet', Hebrew feminine form of Meir meaning 'giving light'
6) Merit/Mirit, prn 'Meer-eet,' a very popular Amharic name which is a form of Miriam
I would use the spelling of the meaning/etymology which attracts you the most. If you want something sea-related, I like Meraud, which is Cornish.
I love Merit for you it is amazing with Rowan Im so glad you found something you loved.
Asher on a girl is lovely I prefer it on a girl actually.
Just a suggestion quickly do you like Joss or Jocelyn on a girl
On first thought, I was hoping this was Marit, mare EET.
Merit is just odd to me. It's a word for worthiness, value, to most people, I can't imagine that not being the first point of reference if they heard /saw Merit as a name.
Merritt reads as a surname to me, but at least it's a name of sorts, though certainly not one I am fond of.
I suppose the problem here is that we two seem to have very different tastes in names. ;)
Blade, how do you know all these things? It's fascinating.
Originally Posted by blade
I like the name but I think I like the Maret spelling. Very spunky but exotic and it keeps it from being too word-namey. (That is not a word, but I just made it one... haven't had coffee yet... very bad)
I'm not exactly sure on how it is pronounced, but I prefer the spelling Merit.
I know a female Asher. Back then I didn't know that it was primarily a masculine name.
I don't know how people keep getting 'demerit'. Demerit is a different word. Demerit bad, Merit good. I didn't go to catholic school so I guess it's not that strong an association for me. The 'worst' thing I can think of is a merit badge like in scouting, and that's actually a reward so it's a positive association, in a sense. I have it on my long list (for a boy, but as a virtue/word name I consider it unisex. it's cute on a girl too!).
Also, I live on the east coast USA and have never heard of Merit cigarettes.
I really like Merit, and I LOVE Asher on a girl. The only (human) Asher I know is female and she wears it well. Sawyer on a girl is okay. They all sound great with Rowan :)
I prefer Sawyer with Rowan because I think the two share a spunky vibe and I like the literary connection. Merit does nothing for me and it certainly doesn't compare to Rowan's name imo.
For me, Merritt is more appealing!
Thanks for all the information Blade! The only reason I don't like the Maret spelling is because it looks like Margaret to me for some reason... and I think Merit is more straightforward in pronunciation. It looks like Maret should be pronounced MAR-et, like CAR.
Originally Posted by dindlee
Kind of interesting everyone knows female Ashers. The only Ashers I have ever met are little boys under 6 (same with Rowan, haha) I live in NC and I've never heard of the cigarette brand either.
Originally Posted by greyer