The distinguished surname Mercure can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice
. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal
System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Mercure came from the Latin name Mercurius, which means messenger of the gods.
Early Origins of the Mercure family
The surname Mercure was first found in the town of Forli
Early History of the Mercure family
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Mercure Spelling Variations
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local
spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Mercure. These spelling variations
include Mercurio, Mercuriali, Mercuri, Mercorio, Mercuro and many more.
Early Notables of the Mercure family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Geronimo Mercuriali (1530-1606), an Italian philologist and physician, most famous for his work De Arte Gymnastica; Girolamo Mercuriali, a nobleman from Forlì who was a doctor to Popes Gregorio XIII and... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mercure Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mercure family to the New World and Oceana
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Mercure:
Mercure Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Giuseppe Mercure, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Grotteria, in 1906
- Naso...areno Mercure, aged 34, who landed in America from Mtefalcone, Italy, in 1914
Mercure Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Rodolphe Mercure, aged 32, who settled in Mont Laurier, Canada, in 1920
- Alfred Mercure, aged 66, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1921
- Elmire Mercure, aged 61, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1921
Contemporary Notables of the name Mercure (post 1700)
- Thomas E. Mercure, American Republican politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 4th District; Elected 2009 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html