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Mercy - Meaning of Mercy

What does Mercy mean?

Meaning of the name MercySadieMerryMersyMerceaMercilleMersiMerciMerMercinaMercenaMersinaMercillaMerseyMerceMirceaMircieMerseeMercieMerceyMircyMerceeMerciaMersieMercedes

[ 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).


See also the related categories, god, puritans, forgiveness, word (element), diminutive, virtue (goodness), and dickens.

Mercy is uncommon as a baby name for girls. At the modest height of its usage in 2013, 0.016% of baby girls were named Mercy. Its ranking then was #846. The baby name has since dropped out of favor, and is currently of sporadic use. Within all girl names in its group, Mercy was nevertheless the most widely used in 2015.

Baby names that sound like Mercy include Mercee, Merci, Mersee, Mersey, Mersi, Mersie, Mersy, Mircy, Maartje, Maera, Maerah, Maheara, Maheira, Mahra, Mahwash, Mairah, Mamre, Mara, Marca, and Marcee.

† 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)"


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