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1morewonthurt Wed 19-Oct-11 19:07:08

Victoria is being put on back burner for now (thank you by the way)

But my litto (grandmother) has just died (funeral was on the weekend) and that has thrown our names in the air. Now I would like to use her name in some way for DC.

Except she was spanish and her name : Mercedes.

And I think it may have been corrupted

Help ????

MmeLindor. Wed 19-Oct-11 19:08:53

My condolences on the passing of your grandmother.

I am afraid that the name is always going to be connected to the car and seen as "chav" in UK.

Could you use it as a middle name? Or did your grandmother have a middle name?

1morewonthurt Wed 19-Oct-11 19:12:47

Litto middle name was Dolores. but don't really thinks that helps

Fixture Wed 19-Oct-11 19:13:56

It's a car.

How about Mersera, which comes from the names Mercedes and Sara? Or Marisa, which is a variant of Maria (the nam Mercedes is related to Mary/Maria).

EdithWeston Wed 19-Oct-11 19:24:13

I think Mercedes is a great name, but would only work if you have a Soansh surname.

Lola is short for Loloita, which is short for Dolores. Any good?

Both Dolores and Mercedes are appellations of The Virgin. Perhaps Mary or Maria?

Or one of the other appellations - I'll have a look.

mycatsaysach Wed 19-Oct-11 19:25:33

why not dolly as a middle name?

or mercy?

the only mercedes i know of was always called sadie

SquishyCinnamonSwirls Wed 19-Oct-11 19:27:23

I love the name Dolores! I'd go with that as a middle name.

SandStorm Wed 19-Oct-11 19:27:43

I know a couple of Mercedes and they are, without fail, shortened to Sadie. I love both the full name and the short name and don't think it's chavvy.

SandStorm Wed 19-Oct-11 19:28:28

(and the car was named after the child)

Rydwinhofficoffi Wed 19-Oct-11 19:29:39

Well Mercedes comes from our lady of mercy. So you could use Mercy. Or anything Mary like so Maria (María if you want true spanishy) if you want to keep the spanish thing.
Dolores apparantly comes rom Virgin Mary of Sorrows and short versions cold be Lola, Loli or Lolita.

bruffin Wed 19-Oct-11 19:30:34

"It's a car."

But it was named after the daughter of Emil Jellinek who was on the board of the company that eventually became Mercedes Benz. It was a girls name before it was a car.

Fixture Wed 19-Oct-11 19:34:23

Sure, but does the OP want to be having to explain this every time someone says "oh, that's a car isn't it?"

"It was a girls name before it was a car."

catsrus Wed 19-Oct-11 19:39:20

my dd has a friend called Mercedes - and yes - it does get shortened to "Merc" but no-one really cares, i think it's a lovely name. (I like Victoria a lot too!)

I've got a short boring name - all I wanted when growing up was a LONG name so i could use different nicknames eg. if I'd been Katherine I could be Kathy, Kate, Kat, Katy..... depending on my mood smile

MmeLindor. Wed 19-Oct-11 19:41:04

Of course it was a girl's name before it was a car, but the car is so well known that it would be the first thing people would say.

Would Johanna (God is merciful) be too much of a stretch.

EdithWeston Wed 19-Oct-11 19:44:02

Here are some 'Marian' names:

Addolorata, Amparo, Angeles, Anunciacion, Annunziata, Angustias, Assunta, Asuncion, Azucena, Begona, Belen, Candelaria, Carmel, Concepcion, Concetta, Conchita, Conseja, Consuelo, Dolores, Encarnacion, Fatima, Immacolata, Immaculada, Lourdes, Luz, Milagros, Montserrat, Natividad, Nieves, Nunzia, Paz, Pilar, Presentacion, Remedios, Rosario, Socorro, Soledad, Stella

And some 'Mary' variants:
Marilyn, Marina, Maura, Moira, Marian, Manon, Mariette Miriam, Maris, Marissa, Marisol, Rosemary, Mariam

Rydwinhofficoffi Wed 19-Oct-11 19:50:14
As both her names where Mary related you could pick another spanish mary related name eg Suela, Pura, Piluca. There are loads

ThoseClementineShoes Wed 19-Oct-11 20:49:38

I think Mimi means grandmother, is there anything there?

I like Dolores as a middle name. Or Mercy.

ShroudOfHamsters Wed 19-Oct-11 20:57:55

I would use either Dolores or Mercy as a middle name. Both lovely. I certainly think you could also get away with Mercy as a first name if you wanted to. Sorry to hear about your grandmother.

mumofbumblebea Wed 19-Oct-11 22:14:55

am i the only person who immediately thought hollyoaks (i need to get a life!). sorry for the loss of your grandmother OP but i think it is a hard name to pull off here without been seen as chavvy. i quite like Dolores or Lola though, i knew a Dolores who went by Dolly, so cute! i think you need to consider as well what your grandmother thought about her name, if she wasn't keen herself i'm not sure she would want it used for her great-granddaughter. are there any names that you knew she loved that you would consider using?

mumofbumblebea Wed 19-Oct-11 22:30:15

following from previous post, don't mean to sound like i'm downing the idea of naming your child after a relative, i think it is a lovely gesture

1morewonthurt Wed 19-Oct-11 23:42:03

mum she loved her name - she was named after her grandmother.

Thats my thing it's either very very spanishy - I have a spanish fn and it has always cused people to do double takes as I don't look spanish. Or it is seemed as Chavvy even if I do like it.

Dolores just reminds me of old ladies. Lola I like but is it very popular? Lolita reminds me of well Lolita not so good. But I do like Loli.

I quiet like Mercy - Thats nice.

Also like the idea of going with the same ilk - eg after Our lady.

Really like Carmen and Pilar and Nieves and Nunzia.

Humm - this was far easy when it was just María as a mn. Because that is what you do - nothing to do with litto and I want something very her like/connected to her not just a Mary version. Though a name connected to our lady would be good and echo both her names.

tiptoptally Wed 19-Oct-11 23:55:30

I love the name Mercedes, and the nn Sadie. It's just a shame about the car connection - but hey, at least it's a nice car! It's not Skoda...

Absolutely ADORE Mersera - just heard of it for the first time on this thread and it's jumped right to the top of my favourite name list! (for today).

If you went for the 'Mary' name link and your dd asked why you chose her name, it would be a lovely way to tell her about your grandmother, whilst still giving your daughter a name of her own. smile

QueenVictoria42 Thu 20-Oct-11 00:03:14

I think Mercedes is very nice, strong name. I quite like it. However I do know that people's first reaction is usually 'oh my god, what like the car?', to which I normally say no, it's Spanish (insert Spanish pronunciation) and they are usually placated but not always. I have a friend who's daughter is Mercedes and she is Mercy for short. I do like it, but I don't know if I would have the confidence to use it as a first name, especially without a Spanish surname or obvious Spanish background. I would not hesitate to use it as a middle name, with the explanation that she is named after her grandmother. Sure you might have to have the 'no she's not named after a car' conversation, but not nearly as much with a mn as you would with a fn. I wouldn't bother shortening it for a mn, just go ahead and use Mercedes in full. I think it is fun and interesting to have a different middle name with such meaning.

sallysparrow157 Thu 20-Oct-11 00:47:12

I worked with a lovely girl called Mercedes several years ago. However, she could be rather slow at her job and as such was known as Skoda... (I still like the name though!)

DejaWho Thu 20-Oct-11 10:29:03

First thing that came to my mind was... Glee. Now, if you're a gleek you might not mind people hearing the name and thinking you are - or if you're my husband - you might be horrified people thought you watched it!

Taught a class with a Mercedes and a Porsche in once.

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