Merida is the English form of Mérida, the name of a city in Spain located in the Iberian peninsula founded in 25 BC. It’s Latin name was Emerita Augusta and it was originally founded for retired soldiers. The name comes from Latin Emerita, the feminine 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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