MERCIER Surname Meaning and Origin

What Does the Last Name Mercier Mean?

Mercier originated as an occupational surname for a dealer in fine fabrics.
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The Mercier surname is occupational in origin, meaning trader, merchant, or draper, from the Old French mercier (Latin mercarius). The name usually referred to an individual who dealt in costly fabrics, especially silks and velvets.

Mercier is the 25th most common surname in France, and is essentially the French version of the English surname MERCER.


Surname Origin: French

Where in the World Do People with the MERCIER Surname Live?

According to surname distribution data from Forebears, Mercier is the 5,531st most common surname in the world, but ranks as the 32nd most common surname in France, 185th in Canada, 236th in Haiti and 305th in Luxembourg. WorldNames PublicProfiler indicates that within the borders of France, Mercier is most common in the Poitou-Charentes region of France, followed by Centre, Franche-Comté, Pays-de-la-Loire and Picardie.

Geopatronyme, which includes surname distribution maps for different periods of French history, has the Mercier surname as most common in Paris, followed by the northern departments of Nord, Pas de Calais, and Aisne for the period between 1891 and 1915. The general distribution holds for more recent decades, although Mercier was more common in Nord between 1966 and 1990, than it was in Paris.

Famous People with the MERCIER Last Name

  • Michèle Mercier - French actress
  • Honoré Mercier - Canadian lawyer, journalist and politician
  • Paul Mercier - jeweler and watchmaker; co-founder of the Swiss luxury watchmaking company Baume & Mercier 
  • Auguste Mercier - French general involved in the Dreyfus affair
  • Louis-Sébastien Mercier - French writer
  • Emile Mercier - Australian cartoonist

Genealogy Resources for the Surname MERCIER

Meanings of Common French Surnames
Uncover the meaning of your French last name with this tutorial on the different types of French surnames, along with meanings and origins of the most common last names in France.

How to Research French Ancestry
Learn how to research your French family tree with this guide to genealogical records in France. Includes information on both online and offline records including birth, marriage, death, census and church records, plus a letter writing guide and tips on sending research requests to France.

Mercier Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Mercier family crest or coat of arms for the Mercier surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. 

MERCIER Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Mercier surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Mercier genealogy query.

FamilySearch - MERCIER Genealogy
Explore over 950,000 historical records which mention individuals with the Mercier surname, as well as online Mercier family trees on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

GeneaNet - Mercier Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Mercier surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries. - MERCIER Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Mercier.

The Mercier Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse family trees and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the last name Mercier from the website of Genealogy Today.


References: Surname Meanings & Origins

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Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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