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Gender: Male Meaning of Merrick: "fame, power" Origin of Merrick: Anglo-Welsh Merrick's Popularity in 2017: #825

The name Merrick is a boy's name meaning "fame, power". Merrick is ranked #825 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Strong, Brave or Powerful and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

A strong, attractive surname name with a mix of possible origins: either from the Welsh first name Meuric,which is a form of Maurice, and contains Germanic elements meaning fame and power, or from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning a fork in a river or a road, which led to the name of several places named Merrick in Scotland. The Supreme Court saga of Justice Merrick Garland almost certainly caused the bump in popularity that propelled Merrick to its US Top 1000 debut in 2016.

Despite its ancient history, Merrick these days sounds more modern than the somewhat tired Derek.

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Famous People Named Merrick

Merrick Brian Garland, U.S. federal judge and Supreme Court nominee
Merrick Anthony James-Lewis, British footballer
Merrick Thomson, Canadian lacross player
Zack Merrick, American bass player in All Time Low
John Merrick, American professional golfer
Joseph Merrick, Englishman with deformities dubbed the "The Elephant Man"
Will Merrick, English actor
Merrick Hanna, robot dancer from America's got talent

Pop Culture References for the name Merrick

"Merrick," book by Anne Rice


danirose01 Says:


Super cute, also Ricky for a slightly more stereotypically masculine nn.

RoddyThlayli Says:


This is an awesome name, with the awesome nn Merry.