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What does the name Meridian mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Meridian

"Meridian" is a name of American origin, and it means "Middle, Center". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Me*rid"i*an
  1. Being at, or pertaining to, midday; belonging to, or passing through, the highest point attained by the sun in his diurnal course." Meridianhour." [Milton.]"Tables . . . to find the altitude meridian." [Chaucer.]
  2. Pertaining to the highest point or culmination; as, meridian splendor.

Etymology: F. méridien, L. meridianus pertaining to noon, fr. meridies noon, midday, for older medidies; medius mid, middle + dies day. See Mid, and Diurnal

noun Me*rid"i*an
  1. Midday; noon.
  2. Hence: The highest point, as of success, prosperity, or the like; culmination."I have touched the highest point of all my greatness, And from that full meridian of my glory I haste now to my setting." [Shak.]
  3. [Astron] A great circle of the sphere passing through the poles of the heavens and the zenith of a given place. It is crossed by the sun at midday.
  4. [Geog] A great circle on the surface of the earth, passing through the poles and any given place; also, the half of such a circle included between the poles."All other knowledge merely serves the concerns of this life, and is fitted to the meridian there of." [Sir M. Hale.]

Note: ☞ The planes of the geographical and astronomical meridians coincide. Meridians, on a map or globe, are lines drawn at certain intervals due north and south, or in the direction of the poles.

Etymology: F. méridien. See Meridian (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An imaginary great circle on the surface of the earth passing through the north and south poles at right angles to the equator ("all points on the same meridian have the same longitude")
  2. A town in eastern Mississippi
  3. The highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
  4. Being at the best stage of development
  5. Of or happening at noon ("meridian hour")

From Middle English, a borrowing from Old French, from Latin meridianus (“of or belonging to midday or to the south, southern”), from meridies (“midday, the south”), originally *medidies, from medius (“middle”) + diēs (“day”).

  1. (geography) An imaginary great circle on the Earth's surface, passing through the geographic poles.
  2. Either half of such a great circle, all points of which have the same longitude.
  3. (astronomy) A great circle passing through the poles of the celestial sphere and the zenith for a particular observer.
  4. (mathematics) A similar line on any general surface of revolution.
  5. (alternative medicine) Any of the pathways on the body along which the vital energy is thought to flow and, therefore, the acupoints are distributed.
  6. The highest point, as of success, prosperity, etc.; culmination.
  7. (printing, US, dated) The size of type between double great primer and canon, standardized as 44-point.

Notable Persons Named Meridian

Meridian is also known as Meridian Dan.


Fun Facts about the name Meridian

  • How Popular is the name Meridian? Meridian is the 21,779th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Meridian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 300 babies born with the first name Meridian in the United States. That's more than enough people named Meridian to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Meridian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1992 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Meridian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Meridian is Thursday, September 20th, 1900.
  • What year had the most people named Meridian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Meridian was in 2008 with a total of 20 babies.
  • Random Meridian Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Meridian is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Meridian: Your name in reverse order is Naidirem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eiramidn. How do you pronounce that?

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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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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