The prestigious French surname Mercia 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 Mercia is derived from the name Marchand, which is derived from the Latin and Old French words for merchant.
Early Origins of the Mercia family
The surname Mercia 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.
Early History of the Mercia family
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Mercia 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 Mercia family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mercia family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacquine Mercier settled in Carolina in 1695; Georges Mercier aged 36; settled with his wife Jeanne Fleury, Jean, Madeleine and Jeanne Mercier in Louisiana in 1719.
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