Mead \mead\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Mead), is pronounced meed. It is of Middle English origin, and the meaning of Mead is "meadow". Place name. Also possibly (Old English) "honey wine". General George Meade was in charge of the Army of the Potomac in the Civil War, and played a crucial part in the Union victory at Gettysburg. Architect William Rutherford Mead.