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The distinguished surname Mercuri 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 Mercuri came from the Latin name Mercurius, which means messenger of the gods.

Mercuri Early Origins



The surname Mercuri was first found in the town of Forli

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Mercuri Spelling Variations


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Mercuri Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Mercuri include Mercurio, Mercuriali, Mercuri, Mercorio, Mercuro and many more.

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Mercuri Early History


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Mercuri Early History



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Mercuri Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mercuri Early Notables (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 Forlě who was a doctor to Popes Gregorio XIII and...

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Mercuri were

Mercuri Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Candia Mercuri, aged 50, who landed in America from Nicastro, in 1903
  • Angelo Mercuri, aged 36, who landed in America from Alatri, in 1904
  • Antonio Mercuri, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Nicastro, in 1905
  • Antonio Mercuri, aged 28, who landed in America from Vallepietra, Italy, in 1910
  • Catherina Mercuri, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Calimera, Italy, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mercuri (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mercuri (post 1700)



  • Dr. Rebecca Mercuri Ph.D (b. 1954), American expert in electronic voting who developed the Mercuri method, the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail
  • Maria Mercuri, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008
  • Mark Mercuri (b. 1974), professional Australian rules football player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    3. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    7. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    8. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    9. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    11. ...

    The Mercuri Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mercuri 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 November 2015 at 09:54.

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