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The Many Names Of Meryl Streep

244An actor plays many characters over the course of their life, whether unsavory, pleasantly sweet or something in the middle. This blog series however will not be looking at the characters themselves, rather their names (of course). And there is a great deal of actors who have played some characters with interesting names.

First up is Meryl Streep who is widely regarded as one of the most talented actors of all time.


Clarissa – Latinate form of Clarice meaning “clear, bright, famous.”

Edith – From the Old English name meaning “rich, blessed” and “war.”

Francesca -Italian feminine form of Franciscus meaning “Frenchman.”

Inga -Short from of Scandinavian and Germanic names starting with Ing (refers to the Germanic God Ing, a fertility god). Possibly means “ancestor.”

Kit -Diminutive of names like Katherine and Christopher.

Esme -An Old French name meaning “esteemed” or “loved.”

Yolanda -From the medieval French name Yolande (possibly) meaning “violet.”

Aloysius -Latinized from of Aloys meaning “famous warrior.”

Camilla -Feminine form of Camillus, the meaning is unknown but it is most likely of Etruscan origin.

Altha -A possible variant of Alta meaning “high” or Althea meaning “healing.”

Lastly lets look at Meryl‘s own moniker:

Meryl is a variant of Medieval English name Muriel, a form of the Celtic name Muirgel which means “bright sea.” Though Meryl is likely to be the Welsh spelling, whereas Merrill and Merle are the English versions.



3 comments on “The Many Names Of Meryl Streep

  1. waltzingmorethanmatilda
    July 25, 2013

    Wow, some of her characters have had great names! Love Franscesca, Edith, Clarissa, Kit and Esme.

    (I had to look up why her character had a man’s name, Aloysius – interesting!)

  2. namingthefishes
    July 25, 2013

    I paused too when I realized her character had a man’s name (still need to watch that movie though).

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