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Gender: Male Origin of Mercury: Roman mythological name

The name Mercury is a boy's name of Latin origin. Mercury and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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Adventurous parents are starting to look back to names of ancient gods like Mercury, Zeus, and Apollo. This one is also a planet and a metallic element, and has a friendly nickname, Merc. The Roman god Mercury, which derives from the Latin words for trade or wages, is the patron of tradesmen and travelers and the fastest-moving planet in the solar system. Mercury is the planet associated with the sign of Virgo, so this is one of the prime names for Virgo babies.

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Famous People Named Mercury

Freddie Mercury, original lead singer of Queen

Pop Culture References for the name Mercury

Mercury, main character in the book "Quicksilver" by Stephanie Spinner
Name of Sir Leicester Dedlock's footman in "Bleak House" (1853) by Charles Dickens
Mercury is sent by Jove to purge the courtiers in the play "Cynthia's Revels" (1601) by Ben Jonson
mercury, an element
Mercury, planet and Roman messenger god in Roman mythology
Mercury Black, antagonist voiced by J.J. Castillo in anime web series "RWBY"



April Ludgate Says:


I think of the planet.

April Ludgate Says:


It's better than Uranus.

Loveislife23 Says:


Despite it being a Roman mythological name, the first thing that came to my mind was Freddie Mercury, which is not a bad thing I guess :)

sarahdoodle Says:


Yes, I guess so, but I think someone using this name for a child would probably have in mind the Roman god rather than the element used in a mercury thermometer.

raevynstar Says:


Like the poisonous stuff inside thermometers?