Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Meadow

Meadow is the English vocabulary word describing a grassy field used primarily for the production of hay (fields where livestock graze are typically referred to as pastures). Meadows are either naturally occurring or they are artificially created for agricultural purposes via the removal of woodlands. The word “meadow” comes from the Olde English “mædwe” meaning “a mown field” from the root element “me-“ meaning “to mow, cut down” – mainly because meadows in England were mowed annually for hay production. When most of us think of a meadow we picture a flat field with abundant wildflowers – some place peaceful and beautiful. As a female given name Meadow came to the forefront during the 1960s counterculture movement when names like Rainbow, Summer, Sky and Echo became fashionable among the hippie crowd. Meadow would also be considered a “nature” name along with flowers, trees and plants. Rivers, brooks, savannahs and meadows – these are all nature-inspired features of our landscapes that bring us sense of connectivity. As a female given name Meadow is used primarily in North America and Australia.

All About the Baby Name – Meadow

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME MEADOW

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME MEADOW

Although Meadow was probably in circulation as a girl’s name in America during the 1960s and 70s, it wasn’t common enough to make the Top 1000 list. That didn’t happen until 2001. And it wasn’t a revival of the hippie era that brought Meadow to the charts. Nope. Ironically it was the HBO drama series “The Sopranos” (1999-2007) that we can thank for reintroducing us to this nature-loving name. Played by Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Meadow Soprano is a smart, attractive, rebellious and slightly troubled teenager who understands all too clearly what it is her gangster father does for a living. We wonder if the creators of the show were being intentionally ironic by selecting such a serenely peaceful name for the daughter of a mob-boss. Still, Meadow was a name suddenly brought into millions of households and enough fans of the show named their own daughters Meadow with enough frequency to land the name on the charts for the first time ever in 2001. Meadow is still a low ranking name and hardly given to 300 baby girls per year, but "hay", at least she’s on the charts.

Quick Facts

ON MEADOW

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

971

PRONUNCIATION:

MEHD-oh

SIMPLE MEANING:

To mow, mowed

Characteristics

OF MEADOW

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Meadow

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME MEADOW

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Meadow

Popular Songs

ON MEADOW

Phaedra's Meadow
a song by Blue Rodeo

Famous People

NAMED MEADOW

We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Meadow.

Children of Famous People

NAMED MEADOW

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Meadow

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME MEADOW

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Meadow