Meaning and Origin of: Merry

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : Bitter; rebellion
  • Old Welsh : Protector of the sea
  • Middle English : Mirthful, joyful
  • Old Welsh : Protector of the sea

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : nickname for someone with a blithe or happy disposition, from Middle English merry ‘lively’, ‘cheerful’ (Old English myr(i)ge ‘pleasant’, ‘agreeable’).
  • Irish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Mearadhaigh, Ó Meardha ‘descendant of Mearadhach’, ‘descendant of Meardha’, personal names derived from an adjective meaning ‘lively’, ‘wild’, ‘wanton’.
  • French : from a vernacular form of the personal name Médéric, derived from a Germanic personal name conposed of mecht ‘strength’, ‘might’ + rīc ‘power’; ‘ruler’.
  • French : habitational name from Merry in Yonne or Merri in Orne, derived from the Latin personal name Matrius + the suffix -acum.