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Gender: F Meaning of Mercedes: "gracious gifts, benefits" Origin of Mercedes: Spanish Mercedes's Popularity in 2013: #860

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Mercedes is one of the few names attached to luxury living that we can wholeheartedly recommend, it being a legitimate Spanish appellation stemming from one of the epithets given to the Virgin Mary--Santa Maria de las Mercedes, or Our Lady of the Mercies. The car, by the way was named after the eleven-year-old daughter of the Daimler company's French distributor in 1901.

Always well used in the Spanish-speaking community, Mercedes had a sudden spurt of overall popularity in the 1990's, moving as high as Number 164 in 1991.

Mercedes has been widely used in a variety of art forms--from the opera Carmen to Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo to the film Pan's Labyrinth to the TV show Glee.

Famous People Named Mercedes

Mercedes Sosa, Argentine political activist, singer and songwriter
Mercedes Lackey, American fantasy author
Mercedes Ruehl, American actress
Mercedes Masohn, American actress
Mercedes McNab, American actress
Mercedes Bass, American socialite

Pop Culture References for the Name Mercedes

Mercedes Jones, character on US hit series 'Glee'
Mercedes, Character in Ann-Marie MacDonald's Fall on Your Knees
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Mercedes Mondego nee Iguanada, character in "The Count of Monte Cristo"
Mercedes Cortez, Love interest in "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City"
Mercedes Castillo, character in telenovela "Destinos"
Mercedes, character on South Park

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