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Boy Name: Mercury

Name: Mercury
Pronunciation: \m(e)-rcu-ry, mer-cury\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: commerce
Origin: Latin
Variant forms: Mercure, Mercuree, Mercurey
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 55488

Description

Mercury \m(e)-rcu-ry, mer-cury\ as a boy's name is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Mercury is "commerce". In modern usage, the name is sometimes a nickname for fleet-footed runners. Mythology: the messenger of the Gods who corresponds to the Greek Hermes. Its ancient root also evolved into terms such as "merchant", "market", and "mercenary", showing the influence of the wing-footed Roman god of science and commerce, and the bustle of commercial life. A sixth-century priest named Mercury changed his name to John after he was elected to the papacy, since he felt it was inappropriate for a pope to have the name of a pagan god. Football player Mercury Morris.

Mercury has 3 variant forms: Mercure, Mercuree and Mercurey.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Mercury.

Popularity

Mercury is not a popular first name for men but a somewhat popular surname or last name for both men and women (#55488 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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