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Gender: M Meaning of Mercer: "a merchant" Origin of Mercer: French occupational name

Mercer is an attractive possibility which is an occupational name that doesn't sound like one. Mercer and its cool, sophisticated short form Merce project a super creative image via their artistic namesakes.

Johnny Mercer was a talented and charming songwriter-singer who wrote the lyrics for more than 1,500 songs, including Moon River. Jazz great Duke Ellington named his son Mercer, and he in turn became a respected musician in his own right. Stone Temple Pilot's Scott Weiland used Mercer as the middle name of his son Noah.

In the visual arts, Mercer Mayer is a prolific children's book writer and illustrator.

The short form Merce is associated with avant garde dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham, born Mercier, whose name still resonates with an aura of bold originality.

Famous People Named Mercer

James Mercer, lead singer and guitarist of The Shins
Mercer Mayer, American children's author
James Mercer Langston Hughes, American poet
Jordy Mercer, American baseball player

Pop Culture References for the name Mercer

Alex and Dana Mercer, from the game "Prototype"
The Mercer Hotel, a luxury hotel in New York City
The Mercer Brothers: Bobby, Jeremiah, Angel, and Jack, adopted sons of Evelyn Mercer in the movie "Four Brothers"
Mercer Frey, character in the video game "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim"
Sam Mercer, character in "The Year of the Rat"
Mercer Hayes, character on TV's "Veronica Mars"