Boy name origins & meanings
- Old English : From the valley with the pool
- Old English : Field near water
Family name origins & meanings
- English : habitational name from any of various places so called. One in Wiltshire was named in Old English ‘valley at a boundary’, from mearc ‘boundary’ + denu ‘valley’; one in Sussex was named as ‘boundary hill’ (Old English (ge)mǣre ‘boundary’ + dūn ‘hill’); one in Kent was named ‘mares’ pasture’ (Old English m(i)ere ‘mares’ + denn ‘pasture’); while the one in Herefordshire was named with British magno- ‘plain’ + Old English worðign ‘enclosure’.