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BaffledMummy Sun 09-Apr-17 07:33:49

Just watching BBC breakfast and saw the story about the elderly sisters...the youngest at 98 was called Mercia and it just struck me as a beautiful name that I haven't heard before. A bit of googling shows is English origin and very rare. It's now on the shortlist I think! Any views?

FriendshipBraclet Sun 09-Apr-17 07:35:02

Just heard this on the news too, I love it. It feels like a strong female name.

BaffledMummy Sun 09-Apr-17 07:42:05

I wasn't expecting to get some name inspiration while munching my cornflakes this morning!

redheadbarmaid Sun 09-Apr-17 07:42:26

Just watched this too and first thought was what a lovely unusual name!

Oysterbabe Sun 09-Apr-17 07:42:34

You know its a region of the uk? Just makes me think of West Mercia Police

senua Sun 09-Apr-17 07:42:45

It would be like naming your baby Wessex or Northumbria.

BaffledMummy Sun 09-Apr-17 07:47:49

Oooh is that right? That does sound familiar now you mention it...I'm in a completely different part of the country so not something I would have ever thought of. Glad I asked! I still really love it though!

floraeasy Sun 09-Apr-17 07:52:07

Please have Mercia and don't use this name smile

Bogburglar75 Sun 09-Apr-17 07:54:45

Having grown up in an uninspiring West Midlands town whose single claim to fame was being the 'capital of Mercia', Im afraid that would get me every time. Mercia is an ancient Anglo Saxon kingdom though so you could argue it has interesting historical associations. And if you can call a child Skye or Brooklyn?

What about Marcia or Mercy - both good strong names?

MrsExpo Sun 09-Apr-17 08:32:35

I live near a place called Repton, which claims to be the capital of ancient Mercia ....

As a name .... not so sure. Unless OP hails from there or has some historical or family connection, it wouldn't be my choice. But each to their own.

Ginorchoc Sun 09-Apr-17 08:59:07

I know a Meredith who is called Mercia for short, lovely name.

Hellofromme Sun 09-Apr-17 08:59:23

I think of Murcia in Spain.

BertrandRussell Sun 09-Apr-17 09:01:29

Her full name will be "Mercia- no not Marcia, Mercia with an e"

Mistoffelees Sun 09-Apr-17 09:04:38

It was the name of the local radio station in the west midlands up until fairly recently too

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sun 09-Apr-17 09:05:57

Marcia is a lovely name.

SorrelSoup Sun 09-Apr-17 09:10:19

It was the name of the local radio station in the west midlands up until fairly recently too

Hee hee!! Definitely crappy connotations!!

Janek Sun 09-Apr-17 09:14:42

It's still called Mercia Sound in my mind. Forever stuck in the 80s.

INeedNewShoes Sun 09-Apr-17 09:19:34

If I met a baby called Mercia it would make me wonder if the baby was conceived on holiday in Murcia in Spain and then had been misspelt.

AbbeyRoadCrossing Sun 09-Apr-17 09:25:24

My great aunty was called this and was known as Merc. Haven't heard it for years but guess would fit with the trend for names from that period.
And yes she was from Mercia too! It was an ancient Kingdom in middle England

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Sun 09-Apr-17 09:28:41

janek me too, I work near to the old Mercia Sound building. My friend used to babysit for Stuart Linnell.

I quite like Mercia as a name though, if you're not local to here it won't have the same connotations.

SuperBeagle Sun 09-Apr-17 10:07:35

I like Marcia more, personally.

SleepingTiger Sun 09-Apr-17 10:13:20

The Spanish Murcia is pronounced mur-fia though.

WaitroseCoffeeCostaCup Sun 09-Apr-17 10:19:34

Absolutely love it! ❤️

SleepingTiger Sun 09-Apr-17 10:20:01

A historic girl's name is Mercedes. Now associated with cars which comes to the top of the list on search engines. Less so such a commercial association with Mercia.

Over time a persons name tends to wrap around their character so you should go with any name that delights you.

MrsEricBana Sun 09-Apr-17 10:28:45

I have a close relative called Marcia (pron marcy-a) who is driven mad by people calling her mar-sea-a (like Garcia), Marsha, Marcy, Maria, Martha etc, which is unfortunate as it's a lovely name. Yes to "West Mercia Police", sorry!

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