(38 Posts)
raintropics Wed 24-Nov-21 10:44:59

Ideas for names that mean Mercy (either gender)?

Would Mercy itself be a bit too out there?

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KirstenBlest Wed 24-Nov-21 10:49:25

I know a Mercy. Female.

Mercedes.Anna, Hannah, Joanna, Jane, Jean, Joan etc

MarvEll Wed 24-Nov-21 10:52:57

Very personal preference, but I wouldn't choose Mercy or anything that means that. Isn't it just teaching them that they have to be forgiving and grateful all the time 🤨

wavingwhilstdrowning Wed 24-Nov-21 10:54:58

I know 2 women called Mercy - both are of African descent. One of them hates her name and thinks it makes people view her as someone who should always be helpful.

LaLaLouella Wed 24-Nov-21 10:59:04

As in 'have Mercy in me'? Why on Earth would you saddle a child with a name that has such a strong meaning, and not a particularly positive one!

17caterpillars1mouse Wed 24-Nov-21 10:59:16

I think Mercy is a lovely name (as long as it's not short for Mercedes) though I love an uncommon virtue name.

I think Hannah means merciful or maybe God is merciful as it's a biblical name and although well known, I've always thought Hannah is a lovely name

raintropics Wed 24-Nov-21 11:03:01

As in having Mercy (compassion) for others.

Anna is already

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FriedasCarLoad Wed 24-Nov-21 11:10:54

Beautiful name.

I think Clement / Clementine means gentle and merciful.

Anna/Hannah means grace. If you wanted the same meaning you could chose Charis, Grace, John, Ian, Jonathan, Joanne or Joanna.

Santaischeckinglists Wed 24-Nov-21 11:12:13

Well if it's good enough for Madonna!!

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BiBabbles Wed 24-Nov-21 11:32:43

I like it as a potential nickname for Mercia.

DotDotDotDotDot Wed 24-Nov-21 11:38:25

I’ve known a few Mercy’s over the years, all of Nigerian origin.
I’m not generally keen on virtue names anyway, they always seem a lot for children to live up to.

Judystilldreamsofhorses Wed 24-Nov-21 11:50:40

I taught a Mercy who was lovely (uni age) but she hated her name. Per PP she had Nigerian heritage.

AuntDympna Wed 24-Nov-21 12:05:15

I like Mercy, but I am surprised by what others think it means: to me it is compassion.
Try these:
Clémentine etc
Eleos, Leonora, Eléonore etc
Pieta, Piedad etc

urbanbuddha Wed 24-Nov-21 12:09:52

Not keen on Mercy as a name.

ParkheadParadise Wed 24-Nov-21 12:16:12

I don't like it, I would think I'm at Mass every time I said it.🙈

Lord, have mercy. God our Father in Heaven, have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

FlickerBeat Wed 24-Nov-21 12:31:39


I know 2 women called Mercy - both are of African descent. One of them hates her name and thinks it makes people view her as someone who should always be helpful.

Exactly the same here, but I only knew the one.

Sausagis Wed 24-Nov-21 12:34:25

Are you a Patricia Briggs fan by any chance?

maddy68 Wed 24-Nov-21 12:36:06

Merci is a spanish girls name. It's lovely

Carboncheque Wed 24-Nov-21 12:37:49

Portia? (‘The quality of mercy is not strained …’)

KrispyKale Wed 24-Nov-21 12:40:02

I do not like it as a given name. It's like Prudence or Charity, just overtly big ideas for an individual to carry off.
Grace is a bit better.
As a Mercian I would not consider Mercia a as a given name either: it's like Wessex or Kent.

Edenember Wed 24-Nov-21 12:40:58

I’m not keen. I do like a couple of other virtue names but this is a bit too Puritan for me. Clemence is a more wearable alternative but the pronounciation would be butchered in the UK.

KrispyKale Wed 24-Nov-21 12:45:05

A quick Google brought up Anna!?

MirandaBlu Wed 24-Nov-21 12:53:34

It's definitely a "virtue name" used in Puritain communities in (what became) the USA. One of the main characters in the novel The Witch of Blackbird Pond, set in Connecticut colony in 1687, is Mercy. Of course not as popular today as similar names like Faith, Grace, Hope. And I wonder if now it would be confused with Marcie, short for Marcia?

Here's what came up in a seach for "mercy, compassion" on behindthename:,compassion/description/mercy,compassion

I quite like Clémence, or maybe Clementine.

KrispyKale Wed 24-Nov-21 12:54:40

Personally I far prefer Ruth.

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