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

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

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Some of the Mercer 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:

Mercer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Andrew Mercer, who settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Dorcas Mercer and Robert Mercer, who both arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Luce Mercer, who came to New England in 1635
  • Luce Mercer aged 18, settled in New England in 1635
  • Dorcas Mercer, aged 30, arrived in Virginia in 1635


Mercer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Samuel Mercer, who arrived in Georgia in 1741
  • General Hugh Mercer, who arrived from Scotland after Culloden (1746) and fought in the Revolutionary War
  • James Francis Mercer, who landed in Oswego, NY in 1756
  • Gideon Mercer, who landed in New York in 1767
  • Hugh Mercer, who arrived in Virginia in 1777

Mercer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Mercer, aged 53, arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Robert Mercer, aged 47, landed in Maine in 1812
  • George B Mercer, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Bernard Mercer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Stephen Mercer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867


Mercer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Abel Mercer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Mercer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Mercer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839
  • James Mercer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Mercer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • Richard Mercer arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840


Mercer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Mercer, aged 27, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Sarah Mercer, aged 27, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Betsy Mercer, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Mary Mercer, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Samuel Mercer, aged 22, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843


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  • George Barclay "Win" Mercer (1874-1903), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1894 to 1902
  • Matthew Mercer (b. 1982), American voice actor, screenwriter, and film director
  • Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arizona 3rd District, 2012
  • Frederick O. Mercer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1944
  • Frank H. Mercer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Stratford, 1930, 1932
  • George Anderson Mercer (1835-1907), American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State Legislature; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1892
  • Grady Mercer (b. 1906), American Democrat politician, County Judge in North Carolina; Member of North Carolina State Senate 9th District, 1959
  • J. H. Mercer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1936
  • James Mercer (1736-1793), American politician, Member of Virginia State Legislature, 1762; Delegate to Continental Congress from Virginia, 1779; State Court Judge in Virginia, 1779
  • James Mercer, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 1st District, 1938

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  • Three Hundred Years in America with the Mercers by Dolores Graham Doyle.
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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 Mercer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mercer 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.

This page was last modified on 22 January 2016 at 21:19.

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