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The MERCY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 526 39378 0 2
United States (1880 census) 236 17072 0 5
Change since 1880 +290 -22306 +N/A -3
Other Countries
Australia 30 37707 0 2
United Kingdom 145 19909 0 3
Top States for MERCY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Florida 57 25606 0.000 4
California 53 37348 0.000 2
Texas 53 23498 0.000 3
Vermont 50 1955 0.008 82
New York 39 41094 0.000 2
Top States for MERCY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 50 1955 0.008 82
South Dakota 16 7766 0.002 21
Alaska 3 28516 0.000 5
New Jersey 34 26411 0.000 4
Idaho 5 25839 0.000 4


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called MERCY live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called MERCY represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called MERCY in Florida than any other state, but you are more likely to find a MERCY by picking someone at random in Vermont than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of MERCY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the MERCY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the MERCY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of MERCY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 363 69.01
Black/African American 136 25.86
White (Hispanic) 14 2.66
Mixed Race 8 1.52
Asian/Pacific Less than 100 Insignificant
Native American/Alaskan Less than 100 Insignificant

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the MERCY surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of MERCY in historical publications

MERCY. Perhaps applied to a person who had performed this character iu some m}'stery or miracle-play. Or it may be the same as Marcey.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to MERCY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MERCY.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for MERCY

The following words are slight variants of MERCY that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.