Merida is the English form of Mérida, the name of a city in Spain located in the Iberian peninsula founded in 25 BC. It comes from the original name of the city, Augusta Emerita, which was originally founded for retired Roman soldiers; it means something along the lines of “great merit” or “venerable merit”. Merida comes from Latin Emerita, the feminine singular form of ēmeritus meaning “veteran” in reference to retired soldiers though it also means “earned, merited, having been earned”, made up from ex- (out of, from) and merere (earn, deserve, merit, obtain) derived from PIE *(s)mer- (to assign; allot). Mérida/Merida is also a Spanish surname deriving from the place name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European




  • Mérida (Spanish)
  • Emerita (Latin)
  • Merita



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