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Merchant Family History

Merchant Name Meaning
English: occupational name for a buyer and seller of goods, from Old French, Middle English march(e)ant, Late Latin mercatans (see Marchand).Indian (Gujarat and Bombay city): Muslim and Parsi occupational name for a trader, from the English vocabulary word merchant.

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

586,353 Historical Documents with Merchant on Ancestry.com
116,649 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
19,302 Military Records
11,198 Immigration Records
233,791 Census and Voter Lists
205,413 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Merchant Families

  • Number of Merchant families
     72 - 141
     25 - 71
     1 - 24
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Merchant families
     107 - 211
     36 - 106
     1 - 35
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Merchant families
     80 - 157
     27 - 79
     1 - 26
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Merchant census records

You can see how Merchant families moved over time by selecting different Census years.

Census records can tell you little-known facts about your ancestors such as birthplace, occupation and value of personal estate.

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Merchant Family Origin

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The information for this chart came from the U.S. Immigration Collection at Ancestry.com. You can find out where the majority of the Merchant families were living before they immigrated to the U.S and learn where to focus your search for foreign records.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival, and destination.

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Merchant Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Merchant families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival and destination.

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Average Life Expectancy for Merchant

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your 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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Merchant Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Merchant census records

Census records can offer a lot of little known facts about your Merchant ancestors, such as occupation.

Occupation can tell you about your ancestors' social status and economic status.

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Merchant Civil War Service Records

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You can find out if your ancestors came primarily from the North of the South.

Military records can tell you an ancestor's birthplace, occupation, and even physical description.

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