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Merck Name Meaning

Dutch: from the personal name, a form of Mark 1. German and French: from a short form of a Germanic compound personal name with initial element mark ‘boundary’, ‘border area’, for example, Markwardt.

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

Similar surnames: Marck, Merk, Meck, Erck, Mercy, Heick, Merry, Derck, Mencke, Mick

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Where is the Merck family from?

You can see how Merck families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Merck family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Merck families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 89 Merck families living in Georgia. This was about 43% of all the recorded Merck's in the USA. Georgia had the highest population of Merck families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Merck surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Merck ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Merck. 25% of Merck men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Merck women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Merck were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Nurse
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Merck. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Merck 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Merck. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Merck. For the veterans among your Merck ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Merck lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Merck life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Merck in 1940 was 31, and 81 in 2004.

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