Mercedes comes from one of the names of the Virgin Mary, Maria de los Mercedes, meaning, literally "Mary of the Mercies." The English title is Our Lady of the Ransom, stemming from the fact that in Latin, mercedes originally meant "wages; ransom" though later on it came to mean "pity; favor."

Mercedes is also the name of a car company (Mercedes-Benz). The original Mercedes was named after its founder, Emil Jellinek's daughter, Mercédès Adriana Manuela Ramona Jellinek.
See Also: Mercedez

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