was a surname, of rare occunrence in the Antonian and Cornelian gentes at Rome. Merenda signifies the mid-day meal (Fest. m v.
p. 123, Muell. ed.; Non.
p. 28, 32; comp. Isidor. Orig.
20.2.12), and the word, unchanged in form, is extant in the modern Neapolitan dialect. The Merenda branch of the Gens Antonia was patrician (Dionys. A. R. 10.58
) [ANTONIA GENS].