Mercy

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8k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
575
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Mercy

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mer"cy
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  1. Forbearance to inflict harm under circumstances of provocation, when one has the power to inflict it; compassionate treatment of an offender or adversary; clemency."Examples of justice must be made for terror to some; examples of mercy for comfort to others." [Bacon.]
  2. Compassionate treatment of the unfortunate and helpless; sometimes, favor, beneficence.
  3. Disposition to exercise compassion or favor; pity; compassion; willingness to spare or to help."In whom mercy lacketh and is not founden." [Sir T. Elyot.]
  4. A blessing regarded as a manifestation of compassion or favor."The Father of mercies and the God of all comfort." [2 Cor. i. 3.]
    synonyms: See Grace.

Etymology: OE. merci, F. merci, L. merces mercedis, hire, pay, reward, LL., equiv. to misericordia pity, mercy. L. merces is probably akin to merere to deserve, acquire. See Merit, and cf. Amerce

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice ("he threw himself on the mercy of the court")
  2. Alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed ("distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy")
  3. A disposition to be kind and forgiving
  4. The feeling that motivates compassion
  5. Something for which to be thankful ("it was a mercy we got out alive")
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name, one of the less common Puritan virtue names.

Notable Persons Named Mercy

Mercy Graves is a comics character.

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Mercy Otis Warren was a writer. Mercy was given the name Mercy Otis in Barnstable, Massachusetts. She left this life on October 19th, 1814.

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Mercy Lewis was a handmaiden and maidservant. Mercy was born in Falmouth, Maine. She died in 17.

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Lavinia was given the name Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump on October 31st, 1842 in Middleborough, Massachusetts. She breathed her last breath in 1919.

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Mercy Aigbe Gentry is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to 2001. Mercy was given the name Mercy Aigbe on January 1st, 1979 in Edo (state).

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Mercy

They hold the title Mother of Mercy, Madonna of Mercy, and Our Lady of Mercy.

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Lord Have Mercy is a hip hop music musician. He was most prominent from 1994 to present. Lord was given the name Wayne Notise on March 10th, 1973. Lord is also known as Lord Have Mercy.

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Dominique was born in 1950.

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Ohemaa Mercy is a gospel musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2004. Ohemaa was given the name Mercy Twum-Ampofo on September 7th, 1977 in Accra. Ohemaa is also known as Ohemaa Mercy.

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How popular is the baby name Mercy in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1881 9 9 0
1882 7 7 0
1883 5 5 0
1884 5 5 0
1886 6 6 0
1887 6 6 0
1888 5 5 0
1889 10 10 0
1891 6 6 0
1892 7 7 0
1893 5 5 0
1896 7 7 0
1900 7 7 0
1901 5 5 0
1902 7 7 0
1903 7 7 0
1904 9 9 0
1905 5 5 0
1907 5 5 0
1908 6 6 0
1909 10 10 0
1910 10 10 0
1911 12 12 0
1912 10 10 0
1913 11 11 0
1914 22 22 0
1915 14 14 0
1916 29 29 0
1917 25 25 0
1918 25 25 0
1919 34 29 5
1920 28 28 0
1921 27 27 0
1922 27 27 0
1923 25 25 0
1924 45 45 0
1925 35 35 0
1926 33 33 0
1927 43 43 0
1928 45 45 0
1929 51 51 0
1930 42 42 0
1931 30 30 0
1932 34 34 0
1933 28 28 0
1934 47 47 0
1935 37 37 0
1936 38 38 0
1937 41 41 0
1938 34 34 0
1939 37 37 0
1940 37 37 0
1941 41 41 0
1942 46 46 0
1943 38 38 0
1944 41 41 0
1945 41 41 0
1946 45 45 0
1947 40 40 0
1948 39 39 0
1949 29 29 0
1950 37 37 0
1951 44 44 0
1952 44 44 0
1953 52 52 0
1954 68 68 0
1955 55 55 0
1956 42 42 0
1957 50 50 0
1958 57 57 0
1959 45 45 0
1960 52 52 0
1961 33 33 0
1962 33 33 0
1963 42 42 0
1964 44 44 0
1965 32 32 0
1966 31 31 0
1967 30 30 0
1968 27 27 0
1969 47 47 0
1970 49 49 0
1971 51 51 0
1972 53 53 0
1973 56 56 0
1974 69 69 0
1975 70 70 0
1976 38 38 0
1977 52 52 0
1978 35 35 0
1979 57 57 0
1980 50 50 0
1981 49 49 0
1982 46 46 0
1983 40 40 0
1984 33 33 0
1985 45 45 0
1986 33 33 0
1987 40 40 0
1988 42 42 0
1989 43 43 0
1990 53 53 0
1991 50 50 0
1992 47 47 0
1993 52 52 0
1994 59 59 0
1995 69 69 0
1996 85 85 0
1997 102 102 0
1998 72 72 0
1999 88 88 0
2000 117 112 5
2001 131 131 0
2002 110 110 0
2003 155 155 0
2004 150 150 0
2005 159 159 0
2006 163 163 0
2007 176 176 0
2008 182 182 0
2009 192 192 0
2010 207 207 0
2011 244 244 0
2012 254 254 0
2013 315 309 6
2014 297 288 9
2015 276 265 11
2016 370 358 12
2017 370 354 16

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Popularity of Mercy as a first name

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Popularity of Mercy as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mercy U.S.
  White 55.48% 64.26%
  African American 39.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.04% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.61% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mercy

People with the last name Mercy are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Mercy

  • How Popular is the name Mercy? Mercy is the 2,896th most popular name of all time. As a last name Mercy was the 38,484th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Mercy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,816 babies born with the first name Mercy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mercy to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mercy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Mercy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mercy is Sunday, May 19th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Mercy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mercy was in 2016 with a total of 358 babies.
  • Random Mercy Factoid: According to the 1934 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mercy ranks 67th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 16 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 1934.
  • Weird things about the name Mercy: Your name in reverse order is Ycrem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ycrme. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mercy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 575 people with the last name Mercy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mercy? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Mercy as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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