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What does Mercy mean?

Mercy Pronunciation of Mercy [mer-cy] as a girls' name is pronounced MER-see. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Mercy is "compassion, forebearance". A virtue name popular with the Puritans.

Associated with: compassion (gracious), virtue, puritans.


Mercy has 6 variants: Mercey, Merci, Mercie, Mercilla, Mercina and Mersey.

Affiliated girl names: Clemence, Mercedes, Mercia and Merry.

Creative forms:
(female) Marscy, Merzie, ..

(male) Meras, Mercoy, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mercy Maryjane (M.M.), ..

How popular is Mercy?

Mercy is a very popular first name for women (#1707 out of 4276, Top 40%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#39378 out of 150436, Top 26%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Mercy reached its top position of #846 in the U.S. in the year 2013, and is presently at #1013. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mercy name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mercy outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Mercy (#1013 in 2015) rated in the Top 2000 are Clemence, Mercedes (#1093 in 2015) and Merry. Usage of these relations of Mercy was well-received among parents 2 decades ago (median #1541) and has become significantly lower since (#1526, 80%), with forms like Mercedes becoming less trendy. Mercy is the most fashionable name for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mercy, Clemence, Mercedes, Merry in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mercy and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Mercy is alike in pronunciation to Marcee, Marcey, Marci, Marcie, Marcy and Marsey. Other recommended names are Darcy, Jency, Kelcy, Macy, Maery, Maicy, Margy, Marjy, Marty, Mary, Mecca, Meeca, Meggy, Meica, Melly, Mera, Merah, Meral, Merced, Mercer, Merel, Meris, Merl, Merla, Merle, Merlyn, Merna, Merri, Merryl, Merryn and Meryl. These names tend to be less commonly used than Mercy.

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