Merkel Family History

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Merkel Name Meaning

South German and Swiss German: from a pet form of a short form of a personal name such as Markwardt. German: from a pet form of the personal name Mark (see Mark 4).

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

Similar surnames: Meckel, Markel, Mergel, Merkl, Merker, Mengel, Menzel, Merk, Metzel

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Merkel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Merkel name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Merkel Family Origin

Where is the Merkel family from?

Merkel Family Occupations

What did your Merkel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Merkel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Merkel's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Merkel family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Butcher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Merkel.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Butcher

  • Keeping House


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

Merkel Historical Records

What Merkel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Merkel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Merkel 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Merkel. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Merkel. For the veterans among your Merkel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Merkel Life Expectancy

What is the average Merkel lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Merkel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Merkel in 1944 was 34, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Merkel 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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