Mercier Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Mercier Origin:

England, France

Origins of Mercier:

The surname of Mercier is said to be an occupational surname from the country of France. This means that the original bearer of the surname of Mercier most likely was a merchant, meaning that he actually carried out this job. Occupational surnames were not originally hereditary surnames. They only became hereditary if the son followed in his father’s footsteps for a career; then the surname became hereditary and was used by the children and spouse of the son. In the case of the surname of Mercier, the original bearers of this surname were dealers in clothes, coming from the Old French word “mercer” which can be translated to mean “a dealer in clothes.”

Variations:

More common variations are: Mericier, Murcier, Marcier, Morcier

History:

England:

The first recorded spelling of the surname of Mercier can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of William Mercer or William le Mercer, who was a witness to two charters in favor of the Abbey of Kelso in the year of 1200. This charter was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King John of England, who was known throughout the ages and commonly referred to as one “The Lackland.” King John of England ruled from the year of 1199 to the year of 1216. Other mentions of the surname of Mercier can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of one Aleumnus Mercer, who was party to a bond that was given by Alexander 11 to Henry III in the year of 1244, as an action to keep the peace between the two countries.

Scotland:

The first recorded spelling of the surname of Mercier within the country of Scotland was one Geoffrey Mercer, who along with William Mercer were known as “the mercers of Scotland.” Both Geoffrey and William were said to have had their good stolen by a stranger in the night, and no one came forward for this crime. Another mention of the surname of Mercier in the country of Scotland can be traced to one Duncan Mersar, who was a witness in Aberdeen in the year of 1272. One person by the name of Austyn le Mercer served as the burgess of Roxburgh.

United States of America:

Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, it became common for European citizens to migrate to the United States of America in search of a better life for them and their families. These citizens, often displeased with the state of the government of their homelands migrated to the United States because of the freedoms that were promised to those who moved there. These freedoms included the ability to own land and property, the ability to believe in whatever gods or idols they wanted, and the ability to have better, cleaner living conditions for them and their families. This large movement of people was known as the European Migration. Among those who migrated to the United States was one Jacquine Mercier, who arrived in North Carolina in the year of 1695, the first Mercier in the U.S.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Mercier: France 52,265; Canada 17,738; United States 10,104; Haiti 5,929; Belgium 2,168; Germany 1,513; Switzerland 1,386; Ivory Coast 1,315; Brazil 811; England 624; Cameroon 595

Notable People:

Jason Mercier (born in 1986) who was a professional poker player from America.

Wilhelmina Mercier, who served as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the state of Michigan in the year of 1972, and who was a Democratic politician from America.

Pierre J. Mercier, who served as a Candidate for the New York State Assembly in the 8th District in the year of 2000.

Paul B. Mercier, who served as Member of the New York State Assembly from Oneida County in the 1st District in the year of 1936 to the year of 1937, and who was defeated in the year of 1938, and who was a politician from America.

Leon N. Mercier, who served as a Member of the Connecticut State House of Representatives from Plainfield in the year of 1918, and who was a Democratic politician from America.

Laurence J. Mercier, who served as a Candidate for the Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County in the 2nd District in the year of 1938.

George Mercier, who served as a Candidate for the U.S. Senator from the state of Utah in the year of 1982, and who was a Libertarian politician from America.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

(co. Northumberland). Motto—Toujours fidèle. Or, a fesse chequy az. and ar. betw. two boars’ heads in chief sa. and a crescent in base gu. a bordure engr. of the last. Crest—A demi huntsman winding a horn ppr. vested az., motto over, Blow shrill.

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