Merry

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Merry

  1. A surname​. Originally a nickname for a merry person.
  2. A female given name from the adjective, also a diminutive of Mary and Mercy.
    • 1844 Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, Chapter 2:
      'Is he handsome, Pa?' inquired the younger daughter.
      'Silly Merry!' said the eldest: Merry being fond for Mercy. 'What is the premium, Pa? tell us that.'
    • 1964 Brigid Brophy, The Waste Disposal Unit, Best Short Plays of the World Theatre 1958-1967, page 50:
      It was on account of she had such a happy temperament I persuaded Mr. van der Most to let me call her Merry. Lots of folks, when they first meet her, they think she's called Mary - Maria, as you would say it, Signor Lumaca - but no, her name is really Merry, M-E-double-R-Y, because, I always tell them, she is.
  3. A diminutive of the male given name Meredith.