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Merritt Name Meaning

habitational name from Merriott in Somerset, named in Old English as ‘boundary gate’ or ‘mare gate’, from (ge)m?re ‘boundary’ or miere ‘mare’ + geat ‘gate’. variant (as a result of hypercorrection) of Marriott, or of Marryat, which is from a Middle English personal name, Meryet, Old English M?rgeat, composed of the element m?r ‘boundary’ + the tribal name Geat (see Joslin).

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

Similar surnames: Herriott, Merrick, Skerritt, Burritt, Merrill, Errett, Merrett

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Where is the Merritt family from?

You can see how Merritt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Merritt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Merritt families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 230 Merritt families living in New York. This was about 37% of all the recorded Merritt's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Merritt families in 1840.
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What did your Merritt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Merritt. 17% of Merritt men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Merritt women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Merritt were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

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There are 60,000 military records available for the last name Merritt. For the veterans among your Merritt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Merritt lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Merritt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Merritt in 1941 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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