"Merced" was named after "Nuestera Señora de la Merced, 'Our Lady of Mercy.'" The county was established in 1855.
There is no entry for Mono County but according to Wikipedia, "The term 'Mono' is derived from 'Monachi', a Yokut term for the tribes that live on both the east and west side of the Sierra Nevada."
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