Merchant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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."

Early Origins of the Merchant family

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.

Important Dates for the Merchant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merchant research. Another 68 words (5 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.

Merchant Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Merchant family (pre 1700)

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Merchant migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Merchant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jeffrey Merchant, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Jeffry Merchant, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Jeffery Merchant, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • John Merchant, who arrived in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1638 [1]
  • William Merchant, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1641 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Maria Katherina Merchant, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 [1]
Merchant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Merchant, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]
  • Francis Hyatt Merchant, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]

Merchant migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Merchant Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jesse Merchant U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]

Merchant migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Merchant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Merchant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1851 [3]

Merchant migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Merchant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Elijah Merchant, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Martha Merchant, aged 26, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Frederick Merchant, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Merchant (post 1700)

  • Livingston Tallmadge Merchant (1903-1976), American diplomat, who twice served as United States Ambassador to Canada
  • Natalie Merchant (b. 1963), American singer and songwriter
  • Ray Merchant, American Republican politician, Candidate for Oklahoma State House of Representatives 65th District, 2002 [4]
  • Pamela K. Merchant, American Democrat politician, Candidate for South Dakota State Senate 7th District, 2010 [4]
  • Monisha M. Merchant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2008 [4]
  • Mona H. Merchant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2008 [4]
  • Milton F. Merchant, American politician, Representative from New York 26th District, 1882 [4]
  • Livingston Tallmadge Merchant (1903-1976), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, 1956-58, 1961-62 [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • Harriet Merchant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996 [4]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SAMUEL BODDINGTON 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851SamuelBoddington.gif
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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