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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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Where is the Merchant family from?

You can see how Merchant families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Merchant family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Merchant families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 84 Merchant families living in New York. This was about 38% of all the recorded Merchant's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Merchant families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Merchant surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Merchant ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Merchant. 17% of Merchant men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Merchant women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Merchant were Truck Driver and Housework.

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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

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housework
    5%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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