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Mercator History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The surname Mercator 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 Mercator family


The surname Mercator 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 Mercator family


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Mercator Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Merchant, Merchand, Marchand, Mercator and others.

Early Notables of the Mercator family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Mercator 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Mercator (post 1700)


  • Nicolaus Mercator (1620-1687), German mathematician

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