- an early English kingdom in central Britain.
- a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for mercia
The supremacy of Mercia passed to that of Wessex—London went with the supremacy.
When Mercia became subject to Wessex it was ruled by an alderman.
Her husband had been Wulphere, King of Mercia, who died in 675.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ely
W. D. Sweeting
He communicates his intention in a letter to Offa, King of Mercia.Bibliomania in the Middle Ages
Frederick Somner Merryweather
Fethelgeta was the second, and of him came the kings of Mercia.Chronicles (1 of 6): The Description of Britaine
- a kingdom and earldom of central and S England during the Anglo-Saxon period that reached its height under King Offa (757–96)
Word Origin and History for mercia
Anglo-Saxon kingdom of the Midlands, Latinized from Old English Mierce "men of the Marches," from mearc (see march (n.2)). Related: Mercian.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper