The surname Marchan was an occupational name for a merchant having derived from the Old French, Middle English word "marchant," which in turn came from the Late Latin "mercatans."
Early Origins of the Marchan family
The surname Marchan was first found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from early times and granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were originally from Normandy being tradesmen for Le Merchant. By 1180 they had been granted lands north of the border in Scotland when Rudolph Mercater held lands in Dunfermline.
Early History of the Marchan family
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Marchan Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Merchant, Merchand, Marchand, Mercator and others.
Early Notables of the Marchan family (pre 1700)
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Marchan migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Marchan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Jose Marchan, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 
^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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