Mercedes is a Spanish female name meaning “mercies” which comes from the Spanish title María de las Mercedes (Mary of Mercies). It’s the plural form of Mercy, 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). Mercedes is also a Spanish surname originating from the given name.

Nicknames: Merche (Spanish)

Origin: Proto-Indo-European




  • Mercédesz (Hungarian)
  • Mercè (Catalan)


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