Where did the baby name Meridy come from in 1947?

The characters Meridy Malone and Mark Trail meeting one another (on April 30, 1947) in the comic strip "Mark Trail" (1946-).
Meridy Malone from “Mark Trail

The name Meridy first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1947:

  • 1949: unlisted
  • 1948: 10 baby girls named Meridy
  • 1947: 12 baby girls named Meridy [debut]
  • 1946: unlisted
  • 1945: unlisted

Where did it come from?

A character named Meridy Malone in the newspaper comic strip Mark Trail. She was introduced during April of 1947 and appeared regularly in the strip until early January, 1948.

She was the spoiled daughter of a wealthy man with a passion for birds. Through her father, she meet the pipe-smoking outdoorsman and wildlife photographer Mark Trail. She developed a crush on Mark and initiated several different schemes in an ongoing (but ultimately failed) attempt at winning him over.

The strip itself was created by Ed Dodd and was first published in April of 1946. Notably, it focused on environmental and ecological themes. The main character spent his free time “hunting, fishing and pursuing simple pleasures.”

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Sources: Mark Trail – Don Markstein’s Toonopedia, Mark Trail – Comics Kingdom

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