Popularity:2294
Origin:Spanish
Meaning:mercies; price paid; wages
As a feminine name, Mercedes reveals a more humble, charitable nature than the luxury lifestyle it so often inspires. Born from the Latin merces, meaning "price paid" or "wages," Mercedes encompasses benevolence, kindness, and compassion. It's rooted in the Spanish María de las Mercedes—Our Lady of Mercies—and pays homage to the Virgin Mary's ties to divine mercy. Often depicted in Christian art as a formidable figure shielding worshipers beneath an outspread cloak, the Virgin of Mercy represents unconditional love, protection, and empathy. For Mercedes, such admirable qualities may prove to be the rarest gifts of all.
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