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The origins the old family name Merchant can be found within medieval France. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Merchant family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. The surname Merchant was an occupational name for a merchant or trader.

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The surname Merchant was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Marchand, Marchond, Marchonde, Marchont, Marchent, Marchamp, Marchant, Merchamp and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merchant research. Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1287, 1470, 1600, 1634, 1768, 1600 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Merchant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family at this time was the Honourable Mamert, Chief Auditor in 1600; and Jean Baptiste Louis DeCourtel Marchand (died 1722) was a French soldier who was commanding...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Merchant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Merchant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jeffrey Merchant settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Jeffry Merchant, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Jeffery Merchant, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • John Merchant, who arrived in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1638
  • William Merchant, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1641
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Merchant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Merchant, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Maria Katherina Merchant, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731

Merchant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Merchant, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Francis Hyatt Merchant, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906

Merchant Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Jesse Merchant U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Merchant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Merchant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1851

Merchant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elijah Merchant, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Martha Merchant, aged 26, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Frederick Merchant, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
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  • Ray Merchant, American Republican politician, Candidate for Oklahoma State House of Representatives 65th District, 2002
  • Pamela K. Merchant, American Democrat politician, Candidate for South Dakota State Senate 7th District, 2010
  • Monisha M. Merchant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2008
  • Mona H. Merchant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2008
  • Milton F. Merchant, American politician, Representative from New York 26th District, 1882
  • Livingston Tallmadge Merchant (1903-1976), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, 1956-58, 1961-62
  • Joseph W. Merchant, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1868; Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County 1st District, 1870
  • Harriet Merchant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996
  • Cortez Merchant, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 11th District, 1854
  • Raymond D. Merchant, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1948, 1952
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  • Preliminary Record of Gurdon Merchant and his Wife Hannah Van Duzer by Mary Gene McCall Middleton.
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  3. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
  4. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  6. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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