Merchant Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Marchand, Marchant, Marciante, Dechant, Marchal, Morant, Demerchant

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Merchant Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Merchant name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Merchant. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Merchant Family Origin

Where is the Merchant family from?

Merchant Family Occupations

What did your Merchant ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Merchant family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Merchant. The most common Merchant occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Merchant's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Merchant ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Merchant Historical Records

What Merchant family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 241,000 census records available for the last name Merchant. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Merchant 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Merchant. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Merchant. For the veterans among your Merchant ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Merchant Life Expectancy

What is the average Merchant lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Merchant life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Merchant in 1942 was 24, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Merchant

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Merchant 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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