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 Le marquand family
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 Le marquand family
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Le marquand Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Merchant, Merchand, Marchand, Mercator and others.
Early Notables of the Le marquand family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Le marquand family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jeffry Merchant, who arrived in Virginia in 1637; Captain Merchant, who came to North Carolina in 1674; George and Emmanuel Merchant settled in Barbados in 1685.
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