Mercer Family History

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Mercer Name Meaning

English and Catalan: occupational name for a trader, from Old French mercier, Late Latin mercarius (an agent derivative of merx, genitive mercis, ‘merchandise’). In Middle English the term was applied particularly to someone who dealt in textiles, especially the more costly and luxurious fabrics such as silks, satin, and velvet.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Mercier, Marler, Berner, Lerner, Melcer, Mencer, Merker, Merhar

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Mercer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mercer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mercer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Mercer Family Origin

Where is the Mercer family from?

Mercer Family Occupations

What did your Mercer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Mercer family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mercer. The most common Mercer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Mercer's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Mercer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Mercer Historical Records

What Mercer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 291,000 census records available for the last name Mercer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mercer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Mercer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 42,000 military records available for the last name Mercer. For the veterans among your Mercer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mercer Life Expectancy

What is the average Mercer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Mercer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Mercer in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mercer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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