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Merry Family History

Merry Name Meaning
English: nickname for someone with a blithe or happy disposition, from Middle English merry ‘lively’, ‘cheerful’ (Old English myr(i)ge ‘pleasant’, ‘agreeable’).Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Mearadhaigh, Ó Meardha ‘descendant of Mearadhach’, ‘descendant of Meardha’, personal names derived from an adjective meaning ‘lively’, ‘wild’, ‘wanton’.French: from a vernacular form of the personal name Médéric, derived from a Germanic personal name conposed of mecht ‘strength’, ‘might’ + ric ‘power’; ‘ruler’.French: habitational name from Merry in Yonne or Merri in Orne, derived from the Latin personal name Matrius + the suffix -acum.

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

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7,434 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Merry Families

  • Number of Merry families
     50 - 97
     17 - 49
     1 - 16
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Merry families
     194 - 386
     65 - 193
     1 - 64
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Merry families
     61 - 120
     21 - 60
     1 - 20
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Merry Family Origin

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Merry Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Merry

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Merry Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Merry census records

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Merry Civil War Service Records

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