The name Meredith is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "great ruler". Meredith is ranked #531 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Stylish Girls' Names That End in Consonants and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".
From the experts:
Meredith is a soft, gentle-sounding name with subtle Welsh roots. Although originally a boys’ name
, Meredith is used mainly for girls now.
Meredith's highest point of popularity for girls in the U.S. was in the late seventies and into the eighties, when it ranked as high as Number 140.
Meredith, when said with the American and English pronunciation, offers the delightful "Merry/Merri" as a nickname. Be aware, however, that the correct Welsh pronunciation has the emphasis on the second syllable (muh-RED-ith), making "Reddy" a more suitable nickname.