Naming the Fishes

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0000093154-sacaja003-004Here comes a name with the pretty cool, and happy meaning “merry weather.” Meriwether is a surname of Old English origins that has some usage as a first name. And although it might be considered quite feminine, Meriwether’s most famous bearer was a man…and an important one too.

Meriwether Lewis was one part of a famous explorers duo, the other was William Clark. On May 14, 1804 Lewis and Clark set out on a two year expedition to explore and map the American west. Their aim was to find a practical route to the other side of the country, including studying the area’s plants, animal life, geography and natural resources. And although it was a great success the stress and strain of the journey was hard for Lewis to handle. He died three years later. (Fun fact: he was given this name because it was his mother’s maiden name).

Meriwether as an actual given name is quite rare, but there has been some usage (and in the fictional world).

  • Meriwether Smith, American planter from the Essex country, Virginia.
  • Meriwether Lewis Walker, Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1924 to 1928
  • Merryweather, one of the three good fairies in Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.”

Other variants of the name include: Merryweather, Meriweather, Merworth etc

It has been noted in many forums across the board, that it would suit a girl more than a boy. I might concur, but it does sound fantastic in the middle for a girl or boy.


11 comments on “Meriwether

  1. doreeweller
    April 16, 2013

    Interesting stuff. I love knowing more about names. I’m a visitor from the A to Z challenge… happy blogging!

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  3. Natasha
    April 17, 2013

    I always loved the name Meriwether.

    Lovely that you have an entire blog devoted to names- spent ages finding names that we thought appropriate for both our kids

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    • namingthefishes
      May 3, 2013

      It is a splendid name and I’m sure you picked beautiful names for your children. Thanks for visiting!

  4. Jen HaHA
    April 21, 2013

    Isn’t there a boxer named…oh, it’s his last name. Carl Merriweather, I believe. A friend of a friend has a mom named Winsome. I don’t know what made me think of this.

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    • namingthefishes
      May 3, 2013

      There are quite a few people with the last name Meriwether, it was hard to find ones who had it as a first. Winsome is a cool name, thanks for sharing.

  5. Teresa
    April 23, 2013

    Meriwether is a beautiful name.

  6. Bhavya (@Bhav_Zz)
    April 25, 2013

    Interesting name.

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