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Merk Family History

Merk Name Meaning

Dutch: variant of Mark 1. Dutch: (van de Merk): variant of Mark 4. German: from a short form of the personal name Markwardt.

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


Similar surnames: Mark, Merck, Berk, Meck, Mery, Erk, Merkl, Menk, Mick, Mar

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Where is the Merk family from?

You can see how Merk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Merk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Merk families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Merk families living in Georgia. This was about 43% of all the recorded Merk's in the USA. Georgia had the highest population of Merk families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Merk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Merk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Merk. 22% of Merk men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Merk women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Merk were Janitor and Housewife.

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Janitor
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Laundress
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Merk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Merk 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Merk. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Merk. For the veterans among your Merk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Merk lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Merk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Merk in 1956 was 54, and 81 in 2004.

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