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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 "Love, Like, Lose -- Outlandish/Guilty Pleasures edition!".

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