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Type Surname (from location)
Usage Spanish
Scripts meh-ree-dah

Meaning & History

habitational name from the city of Mérida in Badajoz province. One of the most important Roman cities of the Iberian peninsula it was named Emerita Augusta and established as a colonia of retired soldiers. Latin emerita is the past participle of emerere "earn out" "merit" i.e. "complete one's term of military service" (from e ex "out of" + merere "to deserve").
Added 10/6/2023 by Paradiso36
Edited 10/7/2023 by Paradiso36