Mercer Family History

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Mercer Name Meaning

English and Catalan: occupational name for a trader, from Old French mercier, Late Latin mercarius (an agent derivative of merx, genitive mercis, ‘merchandise’). In Middle English the term was applied particularly to someone who dealt in textiles, especially the more costly and luxurious fabrics such as silks, satin, and velvet.

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


Similar surnames: Mercier, Marler, Berner, Lerner, Melcer, Mencer, Merker, Merhar

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Mercer Family Origin

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Mercer Family Occupations

What did your Mercer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mercer. 17% of Mercer men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Mercer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mercer were Carpenter and Clerk

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

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

Mercer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 291,000 census records available for the last name Mercer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mercer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Mercer. 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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Draft Card

There are 42,000 military records available for the last name Mercer. For the veterans among your Mercer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mercer Life Expectancy

What is the average Mercer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Mercer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Mercer in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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