Origin of the Name Mercer
The origin of the name Mercer
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Mercer
include Mercier amd Mersur. This is an occupational name meaning 'the mercer', from a person who made his living as a merchant. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Jordan de Mercer of County Lincolnshire and an Adelard le Mercer of County Oxfordshire who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland the name is found in Ulster Province especially in Counties Antrim and Down since the seventeenth century. It is also found in County Offaly since mediaeval times.
The Mercer coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Mercer descendants.