What does Mercedes mean?
Mercedes /mer-ce-des/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced mer-SAY-dees. It is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Mercedes is "mercies".
Used in reference to the Virgin Mary, Santa Maria de las Mercedes as "Our Lady of Mercies". Literary: the name of the lost love of Edmond Dantes in Dumas's "The Count of Monte Cristo". Also the name of the German luxury car, which was named for a little girl named Mercedes. Mostly Catholic use. See also Mercy. Actresses Mercedes McCambridge, Mercedes Ruehl.
How popular is Mercedes?
Mercedes is a very prominent first name for females (#433 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#10570 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Mercedes for girls. Mercedes reached its peak position of #164 in the U.S. in the year 1991, and is presently at #984. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Mercedes and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Mercedes (#984 in 2014) are Maria (#115 in 2014), Mary (#120), Mercy (#940) and Carmel. Usage of these girl names reached its highest during the years 1920-1929 (usage of 0.6124%) and has become much less since (usage 0.3682%, ▼39.9%), with the forms Mercedes and Carmel becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)