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Where did the French Merced family come from? When did the Merced family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Merced family history?

The prestigious French surname Merced is a proud sign of a rich and dynamic ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Artois were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common French are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Franks who controlled most of France after the fall of the Holy Roman Empire. The surname Merced is derived from the name Marchand, which is derived from the Latin and Old French words for merchant.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Mercier, Mercié, Merciait, Merciai, Merciaie, Merciay, Merciez, Mercyer, Mercyé, Mercyait, Mercyai, Mercyaie, Mercyay, Mercyez, Merciée, Mercyée, Merciaies, Mercyaies, Merciey, Mercyey, Merciest, Mercyest, Merciet, Mercyet, Mercereau and many more.

First found in Artois, a former province of northern France.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merced research. Another 271 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1400, 1497, 1608, 1734, 1689 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Merced History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Merced Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Merced Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jose Merced, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1842

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