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Merrifield Name Meaning

English: habitational name chiefly from Merrifield or Mearfield in Cornwall Merrivale in Devon or from one or more of the six minor places in Devon called Merrifield. Some examples may be from similarly-named lost or unidentified minor localities in Essex Kent and Hampshire or from either of two minor places called Merryfields in Sussex. The placenames derive from Old English myrig ‘merry pleasant’ + feld ‘open country’ (see Field ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Berfield, Westfield, Bearfield, Bradfield, Horsfield, Mayfield

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Where is the Merrifield family from?

You can see how Merrifield families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Merrifield family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Merrifield families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 13 Merrifield families living in New York. This was about 19% of all the recorded Merrifield's in USA. New York had the highest population of Merrifield families in 1840.
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What did your Merrifield ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Merrifield. 15% of Merrifield men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Merrifield women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Merrifield were Truck Driver and Secretary. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Secretary
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Merrifield. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Merrifield. For the veterans among your Merrifield ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Merrifield lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Merrifield life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Merrifield in 1951 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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