I’m officially convinced that Merida is this year’s trendy new name for baby girls. In 20 years, you’ll see an influx of young women named Merida moving to Mérida, wondering why a city in Mexico would have a Scottish name.
WordPress lets you see what search terms led to some viewers, and “name merida,” “merida name,” and “background of name merida” keeps popping up. Go ahead, try it. Search “name merida” and see that the Google algorithms produce. What looked like a traffic spike yesterday had nothing to do with an interest in Yucatán, just movie goers curious about the name. I’m not terribly pleased about this, but what can you do.
Of course, the interest in the name (which I admit is awfully pretty, when pronounced properly) is the release of the Pixar movie “Brave.” It opened strong this past weekend, living up to its positive buzz. A strong female lead in an artfully told story, even as a non-musical, seems to be a good foundation for a movie. Its red-headed lass of a protagonist is probably going to join the Disney princess franchise.
For a short time, I lived in a town called Meriden, which I thought was a pretty name. I wonder, if one had twins, a boy and a girl, could they be called Merida and Meriden? I mean, Meriden, would be the boy version, right?