Mercereau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The prestigious French surname Mercereau is a proud sign of a rich and dynamic ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Artois were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common French are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Franks who controlled most of France after the fall of the Holy Roman Empire. The surname Mercereau is derived from the name Marchand, which is derived from the Latin and Old French words for merchant.
Early Origins of the Mercereau family
The surname Mercereau was first found in Artois, a former province of northern France.
Active in the events of the times, the family branched and held extensive lands in Paris, Berry, and Lorraine where they intermarried with many notable and important families. From there as ambassadors, diplomats and statesmen they founded branches in Geneva, Italy and Germany.
Amongst the many titles and lands they were awarded for their contributions to the King were de Beauepas, du Collenu, de L'Ecluse, de Maisoncelle, de Richemont, du Mas, de Malaval and de Touville, several of which were for their lands and estates in both Normandy and Bretagne.
Important Dates for the Mercereau family
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Mercereau Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Mercier, Mercié, Merciait, Merciai, Merciaie, Merciay, Merciez, Mercyer, Mercyé, Mercyait, Mercyai, Mercyaie, Mercyay, Mercyez, Merciée, Mercyée, Merciaies, Mercyaies, Merciey, Mercyey, Merciest, Mercyest, Merciet, Mercyet, Mercereau and many more.
Early Notables of the Mercereau family (pre 1700)
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Mercereau migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Mercereau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Mr. Pierre Mercereau, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 31st March 1665 
Mercereau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. David Mercereau U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 
- Mr. John Mercereau U.E., (Mersereau) (b. 1757) who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 
- Mr. Paul Mercereau U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 
- Mr. Paul Mercereau Sr., U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 
- ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
- ^ 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