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The Mercier surname derives from the Old French "mercier," in turn from the Late Latin "mercarius," both meaning merchandise. In Middle English, Mercier was an occupational name for a trader who dealt in textiles.

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The surname Mercier was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mercer, Mercier, Merser, Marcer and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mercier research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1541, 1605, 1675, 1791, 1866 and are included under the topic Early Mercier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Mercer (c.1605-1675), a Scottish poet and army officer in the Engagers army; and John Mercer...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mercier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Mercier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mercier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jacquine Mercier settled in Carolina in 1695

Mercier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Mercier, who landed in New York in 1715
  • George Mercier, aged 36, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Claude Mercier aged 17, settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Claude Mercier, aged 17, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Augustin Gage Mercier, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773
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Mercier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Georges Mercier aged 36, settled with his wife Jeanne Fleury
  • F Pat Mercier, aged 35, landed in New York, NY in 1847

Mercier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Julien Mercier, who landed in Canada in 1647
  • Pierre Mercier, who arrived in Quebec in 1665
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  • Jason Mercier (b. 1986), American professional poker player
  • Wilhelmina Mercier, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1972
  • Pierre J. Mercier, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 8th District, 2000
  • Paul B. Mercier, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County 1st District, 1936-37; Defeated, 1938
  • Leon N. Mercier, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Plainfield; Elected 1918
  • Laurence J. Mercier, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 2nd District, 1938
  • George Mercier, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Utah, 1982
  • Edmund Mercier, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Plainfield, 1920
  • David J. Mercier, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Macomb County 1st District, 1950
  • Paul Mercier (1888-1943), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian House of Commons (1921-1925)
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Crux Christi nostra corona
Motto Translation: The cross of Christ is our crown.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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    The Mercier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mercier 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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