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Linda Miller

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Linda Report 19 Jan 2006 11:30

History of the name Marchant (Source - The Wonderland of Knowledge', volume 7) as written in the Marchant Family History book which I have in my possession, and dates back to c 1710 'There is no doubt that the Le Marchant family fled from France to avoid religious persecution and presumably they Anglicized their name on arrival in England......... ' if you would like to know more please contact me Linda Miller, Gore. NZ


Lisa Report 2 Sep 2007 15:33

Hi Linda my mothers family have the surname Marchant... I have managed to get back as far as 1767...please could i know more.




Pauline Report 3 Sep 2007 03:29

Hi Linda,
My Mothers maternal side have the surname Marchant which interchanges with Merchant. They lived around Walcha and Port Macquarie NSW Australia. I believe George Merchant (records show Marchant) born in England and sent to Tasmania (supposed to be convict) in the early 1800's but have not been able to verify.
Regards Paula


Jason Report 18 Sep 2007 17:00

I'm a Marchant myself and would love to know more about my surname's history, Linda. Who knows we may be related!


Smyler Report 18 Sep 2007 19:18

This name, with variant spellings Marchent, Marchand, Marquand, Merchant and Le Marchant, derives from the Old French "marcheant" (Middle English "marchand"), meaning a merchant or trader, and was originally given as an occupational name to a buyer or seller of goods. The ultimate root of the name lies in the Late Latin "mercis", commerce, exchange or merchandise. Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary. The surname was first recorded at the beginning of the 13th Century (see below), and one Roger Marchaunt and a Herueus Merchant were listed as witnesses in the 1219 Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire. In 1240, Ranulph le Marchand appeared in the Fine Court Rolls of Essex, and a Reginald le Marchant was listed in the 1247 Pipe Rolls of Cambridge. An interesting namebearer was Nathaniel Marchant (1739 - 1816), a gem engraver and medallist, who exhibited at the Royal Academy and was assistant engraver at the mint in 1797. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger Marchand, which was dated 1202, in the "Pipe Rolls of Berkshire", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216.


Moira Report 9 Jan 2008 10:45

marchant is on the female side of my family, and I would love to know any information you may have.thanks


Peter Report 26 Sep 2019 09:23

Hi, I would like to know more. When the Le MArchant family arrived in the UK, Where did they live. For some reason I thought that my MArchant family in Suffolk came from France as Huguenot refugees, but this thought is without substance.

Peter M.

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Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 26 Sep 2019 09:44


Not sure who your enquiry is aimed at but you have picked up a very old thread and it’s very unlikely the original posters will reply

Several of the posters are no longer members and others only posted a few times

If you need any help then more info on who are you are looking for would be needed :-)


ErikaH Report 26 Sep 2019 11:09


What research have you carried out yourself?

What factual info have you unearthed?