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Where did the Borderlands Merced family come from? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Merced family history?

The Merced surname derives from the Old French "mercier," in turn from the Late Latin "mercarius," both meaning merchandise. In Middle English, Merced was an occupational name for a trader who dealt in textiles.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Mercer, Mercier, Merser, Marcer and others.

First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merced research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1541, 1605, 1675, 1791, 1866 and are included under the topic Early Merced History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 83 words(6 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 Merced family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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 19th Century


  • Jose Merced, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1842

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