(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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RupertOscar1999 Fri 26-Nov-21 19:22:41

Mercedes and Mercy as the nn. Hannah and Annabella are also cute. And for boy names I found Armo and Ashane nn Shane.

UsernameIsHarderThanBabyName Thu 25-Nov-21 11:05:36

Not keen on Mercy but love Ruth

PAFMO Thu 25-Nov-21 07:09:36

I'd also presume it was an Anglicisation of Mercedes. Or someone very puritanically old church. Or was a fan of Mercy Dulbottle in the Jill books.
In itself it's not awful. It sounds OK. It means something nice.
But not sure I'd want to be called it.

miltonj Thu 25-Nov-21 00:47:29

I like mercy. I knew one as a child. From the states. I'd go for it.

nocoolnamesleft Thu 25-Nov-21 00:28:54

Like the Ruth idea.

BubbleCoffee Thu 25-Nov-21 00:25:10

I like it. I know it appears in Christian services, but then so does Grace and that's very popular.


Mymymycorona Thu 25-Nov-21 00:01:17

I know a Mercy. She is one of the loveliest humans I have ever encountered so to me it is a beautiful name. For a girl. Not so sure it would work on a boy.

Scarby9 Wed 24-Nov-21 23:55:21

Near synonyms - Grace, Charity, Clemency.
I love Clemency - Clem or Clemmie.
I know a Mercia aged 87 - always lnown as Merce.

Luredbyapomegranate Wed 24-Nov-21 23:48:31

It's a bit much I think.

Maybe a more moderate virtue name like Hope or Faith? Or something like Marianne, Maria, Miriam, Maryam.

CouncilHousedAndViolentBaby Wed 24-Nov-21 22:13:45

Pretty tho would probably think it's short for Mercedes (Hollyoaks fault🙈)

CouncilHousedAndViolentBaby Wed 24-Nov-21 22:12:30

I love that song by Duffy🥰

TrashyPanda Wed 24-Nov-21 18:34:33

I just think of Roy Orbison singing Pretty Woman!

raintropics Wed 24-Nov-21 13:31:43

I do really like Ruth!

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

Personally I far prefer Ruth.

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 12:45:05

A quick Google brought up Anna!?

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 12:40:02

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.

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

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

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

Merci is a spanish girls name. It's lovely

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

Are you a Patricia Briggs fan by any chance?

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.

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.

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

Not keen on Mercy as a name.

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

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