Mercieca History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious French surname Mercieca 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 Mercieca is derived from the name Marchand, which is derived from the Latin and Old French words for merchant.

Early Origins of the Mercieca family

The surname Mercieca 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 Mercieca family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mercieca research. Another 46 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1400, 1497, 1608, 1734, 1689 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Mercieca History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mercieca 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 Mercieca family (pre 1700)

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United States Mercieca migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mercieca Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jonh Mercieca, aged 34, originally from Malta, Malta, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Regina d'Italia" from Napoli, Italy [1]
  • Fortunato Mercieca, aged 36, originally from Xara Gozo, Malta, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Cherbourg, France [2]
  • Emmanuele Mercieca, aged 21, originally from Cas Caccia, Malta, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "La Lorraine" from Le Havre, France [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mercieca (post 1700) +

  • Michael Mercieca (b. 1991), Australian artistic gymnast at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
  • Sir Arturo Mercieca (1878-1963), Maltese jurist, 11th Chief Justice of Malta (1924-1940)
  • Tamra Mercieca (b. 1980), Australian author, therapist, and founder of Getting Naked Pty Ltd
  • Joseph Mercieca (b. 1928), Maltese prelate, Archbishop of Malta from 1976 to 2006 on Facebook
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