Name: Merry

Origin and Meaning of the Name Merry

  • Meaning:
    Compassion; happy, cheerful
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    (MEH ree)
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Miscellaneous Info for Merry

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    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Apparently an assimilated form of Mercy.
    In Dickens's novel "Martin Chuzzlewit", Mr Pecksniff's daughters Charity and Mercy are known as Cherry and Merry.
    Nowadays the name is usually bestowed because of its association with the adjective denoting a cheerful and jolly temperament.
    In the accent of Canada and the central and northern US there is no difference in pronunciation between Merry and Mary.

    Merry is occasionally a short form of Meredith.

    In Tolkien's novels "The Lord of the Rings", Merry is the nickname of the male character Meriadoc Brandybuck.

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