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Gender: Female Pronunciation: Muh-RED-ith (Wales); MEH-red-ith (US/England) Meaning of Meredith: "great ruler" Origin of Meredith: Welsh Meredith's Popularity in 2017: #496

The name Meredith is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "great ruler". Meredith is ranked #496 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 "Rate the Previous Signature!".

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.

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Pop Culture References for the name Meredith

Dr. Meredith Grey, a main character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Meredith Grey, Taylor Swift's cat, named after Dr. Meredith Grey
Dr. Meredith Fell, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Meredith Sulez, character in "The Vampire Diaries" book series
Meredith Blake, character in film "The Parent Trap"
Meredith Morton, main character in film "The Family Stone"
Meredith Elizabeth Palmer, character on TV's "The Office"
Meredith Davies, Tru's sister on TV's "Tru Calling"
Meredith Sorenson, character on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
Meredith King, character on TV's "The Nine Lives of Chloe King"
Meredith Vickers, character in film "Prometheus"
Meredith, character in film "Bratz"
Meredith Patterson, character in comic strip "For Better or for Worse"
Meredith "Merry" Baker Burchill, character in "The distant hours" by Kate Morton
Meredith Walker, character on TV's "Teen Wolf"
Meredith Serling, character in 1996 film "Courage Under Fire"
Meredith Blake, character in "Five Little Pigs" by Agatha Christie
Meredith "Merry" Gentry, main character in the series by Laurell K. Hamilton
Meredith Gordon, character on TV's "Heroes"
Meredith Stannard, character in video game "Dragon Age 2"
Meredith, character in film "The Conversation"
From Margaret Forster's novel "Georgy Girl": "Meredith's real name was Mary, but she wasn't having any of that. She needed something much more original and pretty, so she chose Meredith and it sounded suitably soft and caressing on the lips of her numerous boyfriends."
Meredith, character in "The Talented Mr. Ripley"
Nicknames: Edith, Meri