How popular is the baby name Meridian in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Meridian.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Meridian


Posts that Mention the Name Meridian

Five Name Friday: Girl Name for Meridian’s Sister

five name friday

It’s Five-Name Friday! Here’s today’s baby name request:

Girl name to go with Lawson and Meridian, can’t start with C, E, O, W, or end in -O or -W (due to last name starting with W). Doesn’t have to end in -N, but should flow with the other two.

Can you come up with five solid baby name suggestions for this person?

Here are the rules:

  • Be independent. Choose your five names before looking at anyone else’s comment.
  • Be sincere. Stick to legit recommendations you would offer a real-life friend.
  • Five names total in your comment. If you go over, I will delete the extras.

Which five baby names are you going to suggest?

[You can also send me your own 2-sentence baby name request using the contact form.]

Uplifting Baby Names

I have a soft spot for word names with inspiring definitions. I love how they can often double as one-word mantras.

So here are five word names with two things in common. First, each one has appeared in the U.S. data within the last few years. And, second, each one has a definition pertaining to height or upward movement — which signifies, to me, motivating concepts like progress* and improvement.

Click the links to see the popularity graphs.

  • Summit means “peak” or “highest point.” It can be traced back to the Latin word summus, meaning “highest.”
  • Meridian can mean “highest point” by way of its literal meaning, “mid-day,” from the Latin word meridianum (medius, “middle,” plus dies, “day”). Mid-day is when the sun is at its highest point.
  • Zenith, in astronomy, refers to the point in the sky vertically above a given position and, by extension, means “peak” or “highest point.” The origin is an an Arabic phrase meaning “the way over the head.”
  • Crown can refer to the “top part” of various things (a head, a hill, a hat, an arch, etc.) by extension of its best-known definition, “royal headdress.”
  • Rise means “to move upwards.” It was derived from the Old English word risan, which essentially had the same meaning. (Don’t confuse Rise with Risë!)

Which of the above would you be most likely to use as a baby name? Can you think of any similar names you’d add to the list?

*Progress itself has been used as a name before — it popped up in Alberta data just recently — but it has yet to appear in the U.S. data.

Source: Online Etymology Dictionary

Newborns with Unique Names – Atreyu, Elegance, Matixx, Zowie

Here are some baby names (first & middle combos) that caught my eye as I read through birth announcements yesterday…

Boy names:
Amalgam Justice, Arrow James, Atreyu Allen, Breckenridge Isaac, Catcher Phoenix Brandon, Chancellor Neal, Culture Freedom, Danger Taylor, Diesel Ray, Edblom River Alan, Koolax Rockey, Matixx Brian, Memphis Hawk, Monoxide Devan, Moyocoyani, Omni Tongsai, Sirralton, Sitka Shae, Stev-O Elihel, Torrent Bradshaw, Tscharner Samuel

Girl names:
Azaleigha Iris, Elegance Gail Landis, Heavenly Linda, Infinity Nuala, Katterli Helena, Magnolia Rain, Meridian Kate, Mystry Kimberly, October Faith, Persephone May, Rhyple Adrianne Terrance, Sapphire Anne Marie, Scylla Mychelle, Serenity Love, Tuesday Rain, WillowMae Adalaide, Xithlaly, Xyline Inez, Yoltzin Beatriz, Zowie, Zsaleh Blu

I was surprised by the number of Paisleys I saw overall. Paisley ranked nationally for the first time last year (at 835th place), so if what I noticed is indicative of a larger trend, Paisley will definitely be appearing on the 2007 list as well.