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Gender: Female Meaning of Mercy: "compassion" Origin of Mercy: English Mercy's Popularity in 2018: #729

Mercy Origin and Meaning

The name Mercy is a girl's name of English origin meaning "compassion".

The quality of mercy makes this lovely Puritan virtue name a quiet favorite today. Although it was most popular in the late nineteenth century, Mercy is on its way to a comeback -- it rose 143 spots between 2012 and 2013, making it one of the year's fastest-rising names. Right now, it's still 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 person, 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. As a word name and modern virtue name, it's one of the most fashionable English names for girls.

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Popularity

Rank in US: #729

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Famous People Named Mercy

Pop Culture References for the name Mercy

Mercie, Mercille, Mercey, Mersey, Merci

Comments

AllysonKristina Says:

2019-04-17T23:30:24

I love Mercy, it's one of my favorite "virtue" names. It has a beautiful meaning, as well as a beautiful sound. I think it has been judged far too harshly by some of the folks on here.

LaulenaG Says:

2018-07-31T14:02:53

I think this name is beautiful in meaning and sound. The issue is: a very interesting/pretty/stylish girl could pull it off as a cool girl name, while an outwardly more plain girl would just seem old fashioned. And there's no way to know which one a child will be in most cases, unless both parents are unusual looking.

mccree Says:

2018-07-05T15:33:34

heroes never die

Daiseymae Says:

2018-01-24T04:39:57

Cute name.

Mangle64 Says:

2017-10-23T00:34:28

I need healing

danirose01 Says:

2017-04-28T20:15:44

When you give birth you can "have Mercy"... ha

Netta5187 Says:

2017-04-21T02:16:51

Not sure the critique of this name is understandable. It has a nice sound and a great meaning and is more modern then other virtue names, like Patience or Chastity.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-01-29T11:09:54

I see your point. I didn't think of it that way. I love the name Meredith.

Wittyusername103 Says:

2017-01-29T08:56:47

I personally don't due to the similarities to Meredith and Marcy

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-01-29T07:35:18

I actually find Mercy more "out there" than Patience.

Wittyusername103 Says:

2017-01-29T05:58:12

Honestly I love this name. The meaning is sweet and it's not too out there like Patience.

QuxxnAphrosephone Says:

2016-05-30T17:24:05

I knew a Native American girl named Mercy. I wish I could like this name, but something is just so off about it for me.

cyoung325 Says:

2016-05-26T13:26:26

I really love the sound and meaning behind Mercy, but I can also see why some people find it a bit harsh. Mercy has a lovely meaning but it's always associated with some rough situation or else mercy is not needed. Because of that I think I'd only consider using it as a middle name.

Maggie Says:

2015-12-28T03:34:25

Mercy is the only virtue name I'm serious about using. I love it. I wonder if the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church will cause this name (and even Jubilee as a name) to climb in popularity a bit this year.

Christi Jensen Says:

2015-11-28T16:27:50

Mercy is my baby girl's name. I think aside from the great meaning, the name itself sounds cute and playful - without being something she'll grow out of.

Mercy Joy Hisaw Says:

2015-10-13T19:08:03

Everyone who I have talked to tell me how beautiful my name is and how it fits my personality. I tend to love animals and everything around me young/old and pretty/or ugly it doesn't matter I'm just a person who cares for everyone and everything I love helping people and knowing everyone/ or everything is ok. That's my truth

Mercy Joy Hisaw Says:

2015-10-13T19:05:14

My real name Is Mercy and everywhere I go they ask me what my name is and I tell them and they just say that is a beautiful name and that is a wonderful name i love it. Something about the name just makes me feel special and happy.

yvonne_virginia Says:

2015-09-08T22:38:33

Love!!!!! XD

Marlz81 Says:

2015-09-07T19:08:10

I'm staring to like this name:)

Yara Says:

2015-08-22T17:38:46

Pretty.

Candler Says:

2014-12-16T03:10:04

Same - I mean, I see why it appeals to people...I just personally don't like the way it sounds.

Catastroffy Says:

2014-11-23T11:37:04

This is probably my least favourite virtue name. Sorry.

mabespark Says:

2014-10-09T21:33:28

NMS at all. IDK why, but it just feels bent and sort of frail to me.

Plutophelia Says:

2014-10-05T19:51:44

I like it!

Guest Says:

2014-08-25T02:07:03

Because Clementine means "mercy".

ldougie Says:

2014-08-25T01:35:32

I don't see it.

Guest Says:

2014-06-25T19:25:33

Could be a nickname for Clementine!