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Origins Available: French, Scottish


The surname Merchant 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."

Merchant Early Origins



The surname Merchant 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.

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Merchant Spelling Variations


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Merchant Spelling Variations



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

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Merchant Early History


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Merchant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merchant research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1298 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Merchant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Merchant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Merchant Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Merchant Notables 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:

Merchant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jeffrey Merchant settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Jeffry Merchant, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Jeffery Merchant, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • John Merchant, who arrived in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1638
  • William Merchant, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1641
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Merchant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Merchant, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Maria Katherina Merchant, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731

Merchant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Merchant, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Francis Hyatt Merchant, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906

Merchant Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Jesse Merchant U.E. who settled in New Brunswick 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

Merchant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Merchant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1851

Merchant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elijah Merchant, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Martha Merchant, aged 26, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Frederick Merchant, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Merchant (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Merchant (post 1700)



  • Ray Merchant, American Republican politician, Candidate for Oklahoma State House of Representatives 65th District, 2002
  • Pamela K. Merchant, American Democrat politician, Candidate for South Dakota State Senate 7th District, 2010
  • Monisha M. Merchant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2008
  • Mona H. Merchant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2008
  • Milton F. Merchant, American politician, Representative from New York 26th District, 1882
  • Livingston Tallmadge Merchant (1903-1976), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, 1956-58, 1961-62
  • Joseph W. Merchant, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1868; Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County 1st District, 1870
  • Harriet Merchant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996
  • Cortez Merchant, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 11th District, 1854
  • Raymond D. Merchant, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1948, 1952
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Merchant


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Suggested Readings for the name Merchant



  • Preliminary Record of Gurdon Merchant and his Wife Hannah Van Duzer by Mary Gene McCall Middleton.

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Merchant Family Crest Products


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See Also


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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

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

The Merchant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Merchant 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.

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