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Merritt Family History

Merritt Name Meaning
habitational name from Merriott in Somerset, named in Old English as ‘boundary gate’ or ‘mare gate’, from (ge)m?re ‘boundary’ or miere ‘mare’ + geat ‘gate’.variant (as a result of hypercorrection) of Marriott, or of Marryat, which is from a Middle English personal name, Meryet, Old English M?rgeat, composed of the element m?r ‘boundary’ + the tribal name Geat (see Joslin).

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

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Name Distribution of Merritt Families

  • Number of Merritt families
     343 - 683
     115 - 342
     1 - 114
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Merritt families
     288 - 573
     97 - 287
     1 - 96
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Merritt families
     4 - 5
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Merritt Family Origin

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Merritt Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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