Humanities › History & Culture "Mercier" Surname Meaning and Origin Share Flipboard Email Print Luana Ciavattella / EyeEm / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated March 09, 2019 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. Alternate Surname Spellings: MERSIER, LEMERCIER, MERCHER, MERCHIER, MERCHEZ, MERCHIE, MERCHIERS 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 actressHonoré Mercier - Canadian lawyer, journalist, and politicianPaul Mercier - jeweler and watchmaker; co-founder of the Swiss luxury watchmaking company Baume & Mercier Auguste Mercier - French general involved in the Dreyfus affairLouis-Sébastien Mercier - French writerEmile Mercier - Australian cartoonist Sources Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967. 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.