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Gender: F Meaning of Mercy: "compassion" Origin of Mercy: English

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The quality of mercy makes this lovely Puritan virtue name undervalued today. Rarely heard since the late nineteenth century, we see Mercy as one choice destined for a comeback. Right now, it's both stylish and distinctive, a rare and wonderful combination.

Mercy is one of the characters with allegorical names in John Bunyan's A Pilgrim's Progress, and Mercy Pecksniff appears in Dickens's novel Martin Chuzzlewit with the nickname Merry. Mercy Lewis, in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, was based on a real-life character, a witness at the Salem witch trials. Another historic Mercy is Mercy Warren, Revolutionary period patriot and writer of plays, books and poetry.

Comic/sidekick Andy Richter, when he named his daughter Mercy, joked, "Just in case Puritanism comes back, we'll be ready with a real Puritan name"; Madonna renamed her Malawi-born daughter Mercy James.

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Famous People Named Mercy

Chifundo "Mercy" James (b. 2006), adopted daughter of Madonna
Mercy Ritcher, Andy Richter's daughter
Mercy Warren, writer
Mercy Fiennes-Tiffin, English actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Mercy

Mercy is one of Duffy's songs, and big hits
Mercy, Dave Matthews Band song
Mercy Merrick, in The New Magdalen (1873) by Wilkie Collins
Mercy Pecksniff, character in "Martin Chuzzlewit"
Mercy, character in "A Pilgrim's Progress"
Mercy Lewis, character in "The Crucible"
Mercy Wood, character in "The Witch of Blackbird Pond"
Mercy, intended name of Adrian & Ben's daughter ("The Secret Life of an American Teenager") until Adrian later miscarried.

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