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Meir

Meir Meaning and Origin

Meir is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin, meaning: “giving light.” Meir is derived from the Hebrew word “me’ir,” which means “to illuminate” or “to enlighten.” It is often associated with qualities of brightness, light, and intelligence. One of the most notable bearers of the name Meir was Golda Meir (1898-1978). She was an influential Israeli politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel, serving from 1969 to 1974. Golda Meir played a significant role in the formation and development of the modern state of Israel. The name Meir is more commonly found within Jewish communities and is popular among Jewish families. It is a unisex name, meaning it can be given to both boys and girls. While not as widely used as some other Hebrew names, Meir carries a sense of tradition and cultural heritage. Variations of the name Meir include Meira (feminine form) and Meïr (an alternative spelling). 

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