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Origins Available: Borderlands, French

Where did the Borderlands Mercier family come from? What is the Borderlands Mercier family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mercier family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mercier family history?

The Mercier surname derives from the Old French "mercier," in turn from the Late Latin "mercarius," both meaning merchandise. In Middle English, Mercier 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 Mercier research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1541, 1605, 1675, 1791, 1866 and are included under the topic Early Mercier 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 Mercier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Mercier 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:

  • Georges Mercier aged 36, settled with his wife Jeanne Fleury

Mercier Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Jacquine Mercier settled in Carolina in 1695

Mercier Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Isaac Mercier, who landed in New York in 1715
  • George Mercier, aged 36, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Claude Mercier aged 17, settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Claude Mercier, aged 17, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Augustin Gage Mercier, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773


Mercier Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • F Pat Mercier, aged 35, landed in New York, NY in 1847

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  • Jason Mercier (b. 1986), American professional poker player
  • Claudine Mercier (b. 1961), Canadian comedian, singer, actress and impressionist
  • Emile Mercier, French Olympian who won a bronze for archery at the 1900 games
  • Emile Mercier (1901-1981), Australian cartoonist
  • Honoré Mercier (1840-1894), Canadian politician, 9th Premier of Quebec (1887-1891)
  • Isabelle Mercier (b. 1975), Canadian poker player
  • Pierre Mercier, French aeronautical engineer
  • Sheila Mercier (b. 1919), English actress
  • Désiré-Félicien-François-Joseph Mercier (1851-1926), Belgian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Mechelen (1906 until his death)
  • Louis-Sébastien Mercier (1740-1814), French dramatist and writer

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Crux Christi nostra corona
Motto Translation: The cross of Christ is our crown.

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The Mercier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mercier Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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