Meaning and name origin
Mercedes \m(e)-rce-des, mer-cedes\ as a girl's 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.
Mercedes is a very popular first name for females (#433 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#12566 out of 88799, Top 14%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Mercedes for girls. Mercedes reached its highest rank of #164 in the U.S. in 1991. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Mercedes and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Maria (#115), Mary (#120), Mercy (#940), Mercedes (#984) and Carmel. (2014 statistics).