Mercy is a virtue name referring to someone who is compassionate, forgiving, and kind towards another person. It derives from Latin mercēs meaning “pay, wages, reward” via merx (merchandise, commodity; goods) which could be derived from Proto-Italic *merk- via a Etruscan source referring to various aspects of economics; or it could be derived from PIE *merĝ- (boundary, border). Mercy is overwhelming used as a female name but I can see it as a unisex name which is why I’ve listed it as one. Mercy is also an English surname derived from a French origin, a habitational name in France derived from given name Martius or Marcius both deriving from Ancient Roman meaning “of Mars”, denoting someone who came from the Marcius clan; or it could also be derived from Mercier, the French form of Merceran occupational name for a merchant who dealt in textiles and fabric which derives from the same source as Latin mercēs.

Origin: Etruscan, Proto-Indo-European



  • Mercie (English)
  • Merci (English)- it’s also the French word for “thank you”
  • Mercee (English)
  • Mercia (Latin, English)


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