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Mercedes

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Gender: Female Meaning of Mercedes: "gracious gifts, benefits" Origin of Mercedes: Spanish

The name Mercedes is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "gracious gifts, benefits". Mercedes and is often added to lists like Cool Girl Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Your Dream Family".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Mercedes

Mercedes of Orléans (born María de las Mercedes Isabel Francisca de Asís Antonia Luisa Fernanda de Orléans y Borbón), Queen consort of Alfonso XII of Spain
(María de las) Mercedes Isabel Teresa Cristina Alfonsa de Borbón y Habsburgo-Lorena, Princess of Asturias; daughter of Alfonso XII of Spain
María de las Mercedes Cristina Genara Isabel Luisa Carolina Victoria y Todos los Santos de Borbón-Dos Sicilias y Orléans, Princess of Spain; Countess of Barcelona; mother of King Juan Carlos I
María de las Mercedes de Baviera y Borbón, Infanta of Spain and Princess of Bavaria
Mercedes Sosa, Argentine political activist, singer and songwriter
Mercedes María Paz, Argentine tennis player
Mercedes Ritchie Lackey, American fantasy novelist
Mercedes Ruehl, American actress
Mercedes Masohn, American actress
Mercedes McNab, American actress
Mercedes Bass, American socialite
Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado aka Sasha Banks, American pro wrestler

Pop Culture References for the name Mercedes

Mercedes "Mercy" Athena Thompson, main character in Patricia Briggs books (Mercy Thompson)
Mercedes Jones, character on TV's "Glee'
Mercedes "Mercy" Graves, character in DC Universe
Mercedes, the compassionate housekeeper in the Spanish fantasy film "Pan's Labyrinth"
Mercedes Maria Theresa Immaculata McQueen, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Mercedes, character in Ann-Marie MacDonald's "Fall on Your Knees"
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 TV's "South Park"
Mercedes-Benz, luxury car

Comments

91flaviaj Says:

2018-05-06T02:10:47

One of the most beautiful female names beginning with "M" for me. Long, unique and spunky. I would love to meet a precious little girl named Mercedes.

Philip Henrik Says:

2017-09-09T00:36:49

That's only your opinion however

LilianaPearl Says:

2017-08-24T19:22:57

Mercy and Sadie could make good nicknames.

Sillysarahlily Says:

2016-11-29T12:44:39

I like this name, yes I first heard it from a British soap called Hollyoaks but I fell in love with the character Mercedes McQueen and the name Mercedes

Wittyusername103 Says:

2016-07-20T07:43:10

Just use it anyway. If anyone gets sassy just say "I've never heard of the car brand" or "I've had this name picked out since I was in 7th grade". Usually it's only adults who are judgey anyway.

J. Says:

2016-05-16T21:29:48

My sister is named this and we aren't spanish or hispanic. You can get away with it. My sister does well with her name

Yessica Says:

2016-02-27T21:58:33

I love this name but a girl got picked on because of the car thing :(

EW314 Says:

2016-02-05T06:09:25

I'm not sure I like the use of the term "good taste", but broadly speaking I agree with your point. It's a fine name, and has a long history of use before the car, but unfortunately it's impossible to avoid the car association now, at least in an English-speaking country. It's the first thing almost everyone meeting your child would think of, and most would assume she was named for the brand.

Moony Says:

2016-01-03T19:05:39

When the Spanish pronounce it, Mercedes comes across as elegant, sophisticated and classical. When anyone with an accent that is not Spanish or Hispanic attempts to pronounce it, the only thing which springs to mind is the car - which is by no means a charming or pride-worthy connotation. And that's frustrating since it's a gorgeous name in general, though my own accent does it no justice. In fairness, I would never discourage, say, an English or Australian parent from using it but, at the end of the day, the name has a much-less-classy appeal when removed from its heritage.

KJGlitter Says:

2015-11-12T20:37:34

I have a second cousin with this name, and she is one of the funniest, most talented kids I know. I don't even think about the car anymore. Because of her, it's just a beautiful name.

Luísa Says:

2015-11-12T20:07:23

"Good taste"...? ;(
Where I live isn't uncommon to meet a Mercedes so I don't have this problem.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-10-01T05:18:05

Not personally knowing anyone named Mercedes, my primary association to this name is always the Mercedes Benz, which is a shame because this name has such a long rich history of usage and a lovely meaning that has long predated the car. Mercedes is a lovely name, with Mercy as a possible, appealing nickname.

yvonne_virginia Says:

2015-09-07T20:55:39

Or maybe Mercy?

EllaYu Says:

2015-08-19T01:14:54

Yes, it's a real name. But it became a brand. This is the problem. The name was branded right out of use for anybody with any taste. There is no blow more final to your perceived social standing than conspicuous consumption and unfortunately, naming your child after an expensive brand is seen as a kind of conspicuous consumption. Even those who realize it's a proper name, in its own right (like myself) would side-eye a parent who chose a name like Mercedes and would, sadly, make some very specific snap judgments about them. Including the one that assumes the parents didn't know that it's a proper name and were instead attempting to name their child after a luxury vehicle. It implies you don't know any better. Even if you do. Which is specifically why people with good taste no longer use it. It's a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Human psychology will be the ruination of good names.

eileen Says:

2015-08-16T03:23:39

Mery could be a cute nickname

Guest Says:

2014-12-07T15:12:19

The car was named after a car dealer's daughter, Mercedes Jellinek. I think the name is pretty if one looks past the luxury car connection. But a lot of times I don't want to believe people brand their kids because they "like the name". Chanel for instance, that's named after the brand and Coco Chanel and no one would be naming their girls that if it wasn't a luxury clothing line. Same with Armani.

FunnyMonkay Says:

2014-12-07T09:40:07

NOTHING more irritating than an ignorant swine who believes that people name their children "Mercedes" because their parents were too poor to afford the car, so they compensated. It doesn't even make sense. I wish I could name my child this, but I'd rather her not face the ignorance.

Kisa Says:

2014-10-23T03:30:38

I have a friend that has this name because both of her parents dreamt that they had a daughter named Mercedes. My friend doesn't have any Spanish lineage, so I truly feel that this name can cross the cultural lines. Honestly, I didn't even know that this was a Spanish name until I came to this page out of curiosity.

kitchi1 Says:

2014-07-04T18:17:09

Mercedes is actually a real name, and it has been around for a while. It is Spanish. I used to think it was made up because of the car. I'm still not a fan though.

faithnamer Says:

2014-07-03T21:50:04

I knew a Mercedes once who had a brother named Alexander.

Nooshi Says:

2014-07-03T21:30:10

I love this name (I have Spanish heritage too :)). I know a Mercedes and she wears it so well: the rest of her family is beautifully named too. I agree that it is gorgeous- and the car association doesn't bother me (Mercedes was named for the creator's daughter, if I remember correctly). But I cannot use it, because I know Mercedes so well, and it would be a bit strange.

OliviaSarah Says:

2014-07-03T20:41:46

I wish I had some Spanish heritage to ''allow'' me use this, haha. It's so beautiful and the car thing doesn't bother me slightly.

Guest Says:

2014-06-20T01:23:07

If only there wasn't the car association. *sigh*

raevynstar Says:

2014-05-04T16:10:19

I don't care about the car, but most people do, so to combat this association, use the nickname Sadie!