Meredith

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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Meredith

"Meredith" is a name of Welsh origin, and it means "Lord". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English novelist and poet (1828-1909)
  2. United States civil rights leader whose college registration caused riots in traditionally segregated Mississippi (born in 1933)
Wiktionary

From Welsh Maredudd (“great lord”).

  1. A male given name.
  2. A Welsh patronymic surname​.
  3. A female given name; sometimes mistaken for a combination of Mary and Edith.

Notable Persons Named Meredith

Meredith Grey is a chief of general surgery at grey sloan memorial hospital, board director at grey sloan memorial hospital, and general surgery.

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Meredith Baxter is an actress, producer, and film producer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1971 to present. Meredith was given the name Meredith Ann Baxter by her parent Whitney Blake on June 21st, 1947 in South Pasadena, California, US. Meredith is also known as Meredith Baxter-Birney.

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Meredith was born on October 24th, 1951 in Alameda County, California, U.S. He died on December 6th, 1969.

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Meredith Louise Vieira is a journalist, television presenter, and television host. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1975 to present. Meredith was born on December 30th, 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

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Meredith MacRae was a film and television actress. Her career lasted from 1953 to 1993. Meredith was born as the child of Gordon MacRae and Sheila MacRae on May 30th, 1944 in Houston, Texas, U.S. She left this life on July 14th, 2000.

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Meredith Whitney is a financial analyst. Meredith was born on November 20th, 1969 in Summit, New Jersey.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Meredith

Burgess Meredith was an actor, producer, director, and writer. He was most prominent from 1930 to 1996. Burgess was given the name Oliver Burgess Meredith on November 16th, 1907 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. He left this life on September 9th, 1997.

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James was given the name James Howard Meredith on June 25th, 1933 in Kosciusko, Mississippi.

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Don Meredith was a football player for the Dallas Cowboys. His career lasted from 1960 to 1968. Don was born on April 10th, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas, U.S. He breathed his last breath on December 5th, 2010.

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George Meredith was a writer. George was born on February 12th, 1828 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. He died on May 18th, 1909.

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Cameron Meredith is a football player for the Chicago Bears. Cameron was born on September 21st, 1992 in Westchester, Illinois.

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Billy Meredith was a soccer player for the Chirk AAA F.C., Northwich Victoria F.C., Manchester City F.C., Manchester United F.C., and Wales national football team. Billy was born on July 30th, 1874 in Chirk, Denbighshire, Wales. He breathed his last breath on April 19th, 1958.

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How popular is the baby name Meredith in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1883 5 0 5
1892 6 0 6
1893 6 0 6
1895 11 6 5
1896 5 0 5
1897 6 0 6
1900 11 5 6
1901 8 0 8
1902 17 8 9
1903 14 8 6
1904 13 5 8
1905 19 10 9
1906 14 6 8
1907 23 13 10
1908 29 14 15
1909 33 16 17
1910 38 24 14
1911 32 16 16
1912 54 20 34
1913 81 38 43
1914 92 40 52
1915 136 49 87
1916 135 66 69
1917 137 63 74
1918 175 82 93
1919 143 66 77
1920 181 75 106
1921 200 99 101
1922 189 94 95
1923 152 81 71
1924 158 82 76
1925 174 91 83
1926 150 83 67
1927 170 93 77
1928 182 95 87
1929 163 99 64
1930 161 94 67
1931 141 72 69
1932 144 88 56
1933 135 85 50
1934 182 127 55
1935 193 129 64
1936 234 165 69
1937 205 152 53
1938 271 194 77
1939 247 194 53
1940 254 172 82
1941 335 231 104
1942 369 272 97
1943 408 327 81
1944 392 328 64
1945 368 309 59
1946 415 332 83
1947 439 346 93
1948 361 294 67
1949 348 290 58
1950 358 304 54
1951 423 359 64
1952 391 316 75
1953 396 329 67
1954 341 281 60
1955 335 300 35
1956 334 289 45
1957 276 236 40
1958 254 217 37
1959 291 260 31
1960 286 247 39
1961 287 255 32
1962 300 261 39
1963 212 188 24
1964 332 301 31
1965 378 345 33
1966 374 347 27
1967 388 356 32
1968 561 539 22
1969 1,119 1,092 27
1970 1,375 1,354 21
1971 1,540 1,507 33
1972 1,471 1,438 33
1973 1,543 1,522 21
1974 1,540 1,519 21
1975 1,461 1,428 33
1976 1,493 1,468 25
1977 1,788 1,766 22
1978 1,901 1,881 20
1979 1,989 1,963 26
1980 2,087 2,071 16
1981 2,071 2,047 24
1982 1,977 1,952 25
1983 1,957 1,940 17
1984 1,952 1,935 17
1985 1,976 1,959 17
1986 1,949 1,927 22
1987 1,833 1,815 18
1988 1,868 1,853 15
1989 1,717 1,700 17
1990 1,563 1,555 8
1991 1,510 1,495 15
1992 1,474 1,463 11
1993 1,255 1,250 5
1994 1,237 1,230 7
1995 1,251 1,244 7
1996 1,180 1,180 0
1997 1,113 1,107 6
1998 1,116 1,111 5
1999 1,139 1,139 0
2000 1,092 1,092 0
2001 957 957 0
2002 833 833 0
2003 840 840 0
2004 961 953 8
2005 852 852 0
2006 1,064 1,064 0
2007 952 952 0
2008 716 709 7
2009 635 635 0
2010 486 486 0
2011 482 477 5
2012 423 423 0
2013 432 432 0
2014 475 475 0
2015 509 509 0
2016 586 586 0
2017 626 626 0

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Popularity of Meredith as a first name

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Popularity of Meredith as a last name

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Common last names for Meredith

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Davis
  • Thompson
  • Clark
  • Martin
  • White
  • Nelson
  • Young
  • Thomas

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Meredith U.S.
  White 83.82% 64.26%
  African American 11.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.90% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.40% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.77% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.12% 16.26%

Of Last Name Meredith

People with the last name Meredith are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Meredith

  • What name lists does Meredith rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Meredith? Meredith is the 769th most popular name of all time. As a last name Meredith was the 1,445th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Meredith have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 77,447 babies born with the first name Meredith in the United States. That's more than enough people named Meredith to occupy the country of Dominica with an estimated population of 71,293 (as of May 14, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Meredith? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1883 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Meredith first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Meredith is Tuesday, November 10th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Meredith born? The highest recorded use of the first name Meredith was in 1980 with a total of 2,071 babies. That's a lot of babies named Meredith!
  • Random Meredith Factoid: According to the 1993 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Meredith ranks 99th in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 15 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 1993.
  • Weird things about the name Meredith: Your name in reverse order is Htiderem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hremidet. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Meredith? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 24,679 people with the last name Meredith.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Meredith? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Meredith as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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