Gender: Female Meaning of Merida: "one who has achieved a high place of honor" Origin of Merida: Latin

Merida Origin and Meaning

The name Merida is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "one who has achieved a high place of honor".

You'll probably be hearing more of this name thanks to the newest Pixar film, featuring Princess Merida, the first Pixar princess--a feisty, athletic, independent medieval Scottish girl with wild red hair. Her name, however, is not Scottish, but a Spanish place name found in both Spain and Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.

Will Merida be the next Ariel? Stay tuned.

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Cheryldev Says:


I used the name for my daughter (Merida-Rose) as i found that the character in brave was a very independent young girl, that was not interested in boys at all. She is strong minded, has a good heart, made her own destiny and followed her heart. This is what i wish for my daughter, to be strong and follow her heart and believing in herself. Coincidentally, my daughters hair is also ginger, was not expecting that at all. Proper Celtic baby, as im Scottish and husband is Irish, not one of us ginger. But forget the film, its a beautiful name thats not popular and thats a bonus. p.s. the movie is fantastic as she is the one of the very few if not the only disney princess that refuses marriage at a young age should be made to be a role model for young girls.

katinka Says:


Love this, and what a meaning!

ambercat Says:


Wasn't Merida a diet medication that they took off the market/that didn't actually work? Not sure if it was the one that gave people leakage or if that was something else? Another issue I have with this name is that is, somehow I keep not seeing the I in it, so it becomes a swear word in Italian.

Essa Says:


I really like Merida and ordinarily Brave wouldn't put me off that much, but my daughter is likely to have red hair so I think the connections would just me too strong.

lizway Says:


This name is so sweet. I wish I could use it...

Wittyusername103 Says:


Maybe it was a meaning thing?

Floris Says:


I actually like this name. There are certainly worse movies to be associated with, it sounds pretty and it has a nice meaning.

headintheclouds Says:


Such a lovely and pretty name, but Merida will definitely be associated with Brave no matter what. It hasn't really been used much or heard of as a name before the movie, unlike Elsa or Ariel (though Ariel was really for boys, and is still primarily a boys' name- thanks Disney for not naming her Arielle or Ariella instead). Just depends on whether your not the connection will bother you, hearing "Oh, like Brave!" whenever you introduce your daughter. The princess isn't a bad connection to have, being quite an inspiring character.

By the way, I'm rather curious why Pixar didn't name her something Scottish instead of Merida. I mean I know Fiona was taken by Shrek, but there are plenty of other Scottish names like Ainsley, Catriona etc..

jordalini Says:


I think this name is really cute, and I haven't seen brave, so it has not been ruined :)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I first heard the name from Brave. But I didn't like that movie much either. I would not name my child after such a whiny character.

unicornluvgirl Says:


It's so pretty, but I don't think I could use it after Brave, which I didn't really like that much!

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I love this name, but my daughter probably wouldn't have red hair or amazing archery skills if she takes after mom :)