Mersereau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Mersereau family

The surname Mersereau 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.

Important Dates for the Mersereau family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mersereau 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 Mersereau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mersereau 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 Mersereau family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mersereau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mersereau migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mersereau Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ada Mersereau, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Clara Mersereau, aged 9, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Mr. L. Mersereau, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Mrs CH. Mersereau, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Ross Mersereau, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mersereau migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mersereau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Capt. John Mersereau U.E., (Mercereau) (b. 1735) who settled in Maugerville, Sunbury County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Refugee Company 16, married to Gertrude (Charity) Van Horne having 5 children, he died in 1814 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mersereau (post 1700)

  • Peter Mersereau (1788-1879), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1845
  • Paul Mersereau, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1834
  • Joshua Mersereau, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1857
  • Joshua Mersereau Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1801-02
  • Joshua Mersereau, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1777-78, 1779-83, 1784-86
  • John G. Mersereau, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Steuben County 2nd District, 1848-49
  • Jacob Mersereau (1782-1846), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1832-33
  • Edward C. Mersereau (b. 1828), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Broome County, 1865
  • David Mersereau (1769-1835), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1806-09; Common Pleas Court Judge in New York
  • Cornelius Mersereau (1798-1877), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Broome County, 1840; Postmaster
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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