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Merl Family History

Merl Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Merl, a pet form of Hebrew Miryam (see Mirkin).

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


Similar surnames: Berl, Perl, Merle, Merk, Mery, Gell, Ber, Merkl, Gerl, Herl

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Where is the Merl family from?

You can see how Merl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Merl family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Merl families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Merl family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Merl's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Merl families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Merl surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Merl ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Merl. 31% of Merl men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Merl women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Merl were Furrier and Waitress.

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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
    31%
  • Farmer
    24%
  • Owner
    16%
  • Furrier
    16%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    28%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • House Wife
    19%
  • Waitress
    19%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Merl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Merl 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 520 immigration records available for the last name Merl. 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 852 military records available for the last name Merl. For the veterans among your Merl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Merl lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Merl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Merl in 1947 was 41, and 92 in 2004.

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