A French occupational surname derived from “mercier,” meaning merchant – specifically, one who traded textiles. So if your little Mercer comes home from school having traded coats with a friend, don’t get too mad – he’s just living up to the meaning of his name.
Famous people named Mercer:
Children's author Mercer Mayer; poet James Mercer Langston Hughes.
Perhaps your little Mercer will attend Mercer University - and then go on to use that degree and get hired at Mercer, the world's largest HR consulting firm.