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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.

Mercer Early Origins



The surname Mercer was 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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Mercer Spelling Variations


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Mercer Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Mercer, Mercier, Merser, Marcer and others.

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Mercer Early History


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Mercer Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Mercer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mercer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Mercer (c.1605-1675), a Scottish poet and army officer in the Engagers army; and John Mercer...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mercer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mercer In Ireland


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Mercer In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mercer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Abel Mercer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Capt. Joseph Mercer U.E. born in North Carolina who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1778 he served in the Loyalist Corps, he died in 1779 [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
  • Mr. Joseph Mercer U.E. who settled in Canada 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
  • Mr. Joseph Mercer Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada 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

Mercer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • David Mercer, a plasterer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Joseph Mercer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  • James Mercer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TOMATIN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Tomatin.htm
  • Elizabeth Mercer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TOMATIN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Tomatin.htm
  • Richard Mercer arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mercer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mercer (post 1700)



  • 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
  • ... (Another 37 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Mercer Historic Events


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Mercer Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Robert E.  Mercer (1874-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Maitland  Mercer (1896-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Frederick Mercer, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. James Mercer (b. 1910), British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Mercer


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Suggested Readings for the name Mercer



  • Three Hundred Years in America with the Mercers by Dolores Graham Doyle.

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Motto


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Motto



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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Citations


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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
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TOMATIN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Tomatin.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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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 23 November 2016 at 13:58.

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