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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Merker is the personal name Murchadh, which means sea warrior.The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Mhurchaidh, meaning son of Murchadh;

Merker Early Origins



The surname Merker was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They are believed to be descended from Murdoch, a natural son of Angus Mor of Islay of the Clan Donald. In the 12th and 13th centuries the name assumed the Gaelic MacMurchie but with the growing economic need to blend into the mainland the name became anglicized to Murchison.

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Merker Spelling Variations


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Merker Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name Merker include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Murchison, Murcheson, Murchieson, Murquhouson, Murquhosoun, Murckison and many more.

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Merker Early History


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Merker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merker research. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1452, 1541, 1566, and 1685 are included under the topic Early Merker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Merker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Merker Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Merker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North Ameri ca. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Merker, or a variant listed above:

Merker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Merker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Hans Georg Merker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • George Merker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Merker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Leonard Merker, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1848
  • Philip Merker, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855
  • Johann Jakob Merker, who arrived in America in 1867
  • Ben Merker, aged 75, who emigrated to America, in 1894
  • Adolf Merker, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Merker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • August Merker, aged 17, who landed in America from Morgentpohl, Russia, in 1905
  • Carl Merker, aged 69, who emigrated to the United States from Attesniken, Russia, in 1910
  • Ewald Merker, aged 54, who landed in America from Chemnitz, Germany, in 1911
  • Egon Merker, aged 3, who settled in America from Lehe, Germany, in 1915
  • Diamand Merker, aged 42, who landed in America from Prezemislawy, Poland, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Merker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Merker (post 1700)



  • Björn Merker (b. 1943), Swedish neuroscientist
  • Ludwig Merker (1894-1964), German Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

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Motto


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Motto



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: Impavido pectore
Motto Translation: With undaunted heart.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    11. ...

    The Merker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Merker 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 December 2011 at 19:30.

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