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Merle Name Meaning

German and French: nickname, possibly for a good or habitual singer or whistler, from Middle High German, Old French merle ‘blackbird’ (Latin merula). See Merlo. German: from a pet form of a short form of a personal name formed with German mar, mer ‘famous’ as the first element.

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


Similar surnames: Mehle, Mele, Meile, Merlo, Merry, Erle, Werle, Melle, Ergle, Merl

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Where is the Merle family from?

You can see how Merle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Merle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Merle families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Merle families living in Louisiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Merle's in the USA. Louisiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Merle families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Merle surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Merle ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Merle. 22% of Merle men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Merle women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Merle were Truck Driver and Saleslady.

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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
    15%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    18%
  • New Worker
    10%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Saleslady
    10%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Merle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Merle 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 Merle. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Merle. For the veterans among your Merle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Merle lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Merle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Merle in 1962 was 63, and 78 in 2004.

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