Mercy: baby girl name popularity and meaning


A virtuous English name popular with the Puritans, Mercy is poised to make a (sweetly proper) comeback. Besides, if you give this name to your daughter, when someone says "Have mercy!" you can smugly answer, "I already did."


The only real way to shorten this would be "Merce." Which sounds like "murse," which stands for "man-purse," sooo ... yeah.

Famous people named Mercy:

Actresses Mercy Gentry, Mercy Johnson, and Mercy Fiennes-Tiffin; figure in the Salem witch trials Mercy Lewis.

Fun fact:

There is a character named Mercy Wood in the novel The Witch of Blackbird Pond, which will almost certainly be required reading at some point during your little Mercy's schooling.

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