Meaning: “Joy”, “Happiness”
Gender: Unisex
Pronunciation: MAIR-ee
Origin: English
Other forms of the name: N/A

A lovely little virtue name that is perfect for the Holiday season. The word merry may have been originally an acronym meaning, “May Emmanuel Richly Reward You” and hasn’t been in US’ most used names since 1969 when it ranked #943. Merry would probably work better for a girl today, but I can’t help but see it as a boy’s name, thanks to Meriadoc Brandybuck, or Merry, as he’s simply known, to his friend’s and his cousin Pippin. In Charles Dicken’s “Martin Chuzzlewit” there  a Merry, who’s real name is Mercy.

The phrase “Merry Christmas” was first said to be used when the Three Wise Men visited the baby Jesus and gave him cards that said, “Merry Christms, Jesus!”