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Gender: F Meaning of Mercy: "compassion" Origin of Mercy: English Mercy's Popularity in 2016: #791

The quality of mercy makes this lovely Puritan virtue name undervalued 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--and Number 571 on Nameberry.

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.

Famous People Named Mercy

Mercy Fiennes-Tiffin, English actress
Mercy Lewis, figure in the Salem witch trials; portrayed in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"
Chifundo "Mercy" James (b. 2006), daughter of Madonna
Mercy Richter, daughter of comedian Andy Richter

Pop Culture References for the name Mercy

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
Mercy Watson, pig character in children's book series by Kate DiCamillo
Mercy, minor character in "Orange is the New Black" (Big Boo's Ex)
Mercy Graves, bodyguard and assistant to Lex Luthor in DC Comics
Mercy, a Swiss doctor/healer character in the video game Overwatch, otherwise known as Angela Ziegler
Mercy, character in the movie The Witch (2016)
Mercy Carter, character in "The Ransom of Mercy Carter"
Mercy Thompson-Hauptman, main character in Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

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