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What does Mercury mean?

Mercury Pronunciation of Mercury [mer-cury] as a boys' name is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Mercury is "commerce". In modern usage, the name is sometimes a nickname for fleet-footed runners. Mythology: the messenger of the Gods who corresponds to the Greek Hermes. Its ancient root also evolved into terms such as "merchant", "market", and "mercenary", showing the influence of the wing-footed Roman god of science and commerce. A sixth-century priest named Mercury changed his name to John after he was elected to the papacy, since he felt it was inappropriate for a pope to have the name of a pagan god. Football player Mercury Morris.

Associated with: modern, mythology, messenger (prophet), greek, ancient (old), roman, priest (monk).


Mercury has 3 variants: Mercure, Mercuree and Mercurey.

Creative forms:
(male) Maccury, Marcury, ..


Middle name pairings:
Mercury Hampton (M.H.), ..

How popular is Mercury?

Mercury is a rare given name for males but a somewhat popular last name for both adults and children (#84310 out of 150436, Top 56%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Mercury has not been listed in the list so far. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Berry, Derry, Drury, Gerry, Jerry, Kerry, Marcely, Marcus, Maury, Maybury, Melburn, Merce, Mercer, Mersey, Morry, Murry, Newbury, Perry, Seabury and Terry. These names tend to be more frequently used than Mercury.