the title of an Anne Rice book I have not read. It sounds dynamic and strong, yet strangely feminine.

Merrick is a surname, and it can derive from a number of different sources. It can be a Welsh form of Maurice, (via Meyric), or it can be an English name derived from meri meaning "fame" and ric meaning "power; rule." It can also be a Scottish surname derived from the place name Merrick in Galloway. In this form it comes from the Scottish Gaelic meurach meaning "a branch or fork [in a road or river]."

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