"gracious gifts, benefits"

Mercedes Origin and Meaning

The name Mercedes is girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "gracious gifts, benefits".
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.

Mercedes Popularity

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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 HabsburgoLorena, Princess of Asturias; daughter of Alfonso XII of Spain
  • María de las Mercedes Cristina Genara Isabel Luisa Carolina Victoria y Todos los Santos de BorbónDos Sicilias y Orléans, Princess of Spain; Countess of Barcelona; mother of King Juan Carlos I
  • María de las Mercedes de Baviera y BorbónInfanta of Spain and Princess of Bavaria
  • Mercedes SosaArgentine political activist, singer and songwriter
  • Mercedes María PazArgentine tennis player
  • Mercedes Ritchie LackeyAmerican fantasy novelist
  • Mercedes RuehlAmerican actress
  • Mercedes MasohnAmerican actress
  • Mercedes McNabAmerican actress
  • Mercedes BassAmerican socialite
  • Mercedes KaestnerVarnado aka Sasha Banks, American pro wrestler
  • Mercedes Carrera (b. 1982) American Model
  • Mercedes Terrell (b. 1984) American Model

Mercedes in Pop Culture

  • Mercedes Athena "Mercy" Thompsonmain character in Patricia Briggs books
  • Mercedes Jonescharacter on TV's "Glee'
  • Mercedes "Mercy" Gravescharacter in DC Universe
  • Mercedesthe compassionate housekeeper in the Spanish fantasy film "Pan's Labyrinth"
  • Mercedes Maria Theresa Immaculata McQueencharacter on British soap "Hollyoaks"
  • Mercedescharacter in Ann,Marie MacDonald's "Fall on Your Knees"
  • Mercedes Mondego nee Iguanadacharacter in "The Count of Monte Cristo"
  • Mercedes CortezLove interest in "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City"
  • Mercedes Castillocharacter in telenovela "Destinos"
  • Mercedescharacter on TV's "South Park"
  • MercedesBenz, luxury car
  • Mercedescharacter in the 2019 Film "Hustlers" played by Keke Palmer
  • Mercedesa character in Fire Emblem: Three Houses