Mercy: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Mercy

Mercy

Pronunciation: MER-see (key)

Origin of the name Mercy:

Taken from mercy (compassion, forgiveness, pity), which is derived from the Latin merces (payment, reward). The name was popular among the Puritans in the 16th and 17th centuries but is now less common.

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Related Names:

Merce, Mercedes, Merry

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My daughter's name. People usually ask how we came up with it, but most state that they like it as a less-common alternative to the common virtue names of Grace, Faith, and Hope.

My youngest daughter's middle name is Mercy. I just love it!!

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Merce, Merry, MerMer

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Mercy James, Madonna's younger daughter

Mercy in song, story & screen: | Edit

Mercy Thompson is the coyote-shapeshifter star of Patricia Briggs's "Mercy Thompson" series, a strong, intelligent kick-butt heroine.
Mercy Chant, a character in the 1891 novel "Tess of the d'Urbervilles"

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