[ 2 syll. mer-cy, me-rcy ] The baby girl name Mercy is pronounced as M-ERSiy- †. Mercy is used predominantly in English, and its origin is Latin and English. English origin: The name is derived from the common English word 'mercy', which is itself from the Latin 'merces' (meaning reward, wages) and ultimately 'merx' (goods, wares). It was a popular virtue name adopted by 17th-century Puritans, in reference to the connotations of God's magnanimity and forgiveness. It has appeared in John Bunyan's A Pilgrim's Progress (1684), as well as in Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit (1844), in which Merry is a diminutive of Mercy.
In addition, Mercy is a contracted form (English) of the name Mercedes (Basque, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish).
Mercy has 22 variations that are used in English and other languages. English variations include Merce, Mercea, Mercee, Mercena, Mercey, Mercilla, Mercille, Mercina, Mersee, Mersey, Mersi, Mersie, Mersina, Mersy, Mircea, Mircie, and Mircy. Other English forms include the contracted form Mer, the pet form Merry, and the spelling variants Merci and Mercie. A variation of Mercy used in other languages is Mercia (Latinized).
Mercy is uncommon as a baby name for girls. It is not listed within the top 1000 names. In 2012, within the group of girl names directly related to Mercy, Mercedes was the most popular.
† Pronunciation for Mercy: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; ER as in "hurt (HH.ER.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"