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Merten Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: from a variant of the personal name Martin.

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

Similar surnames: Mertens, Mertes, Marten, Gerten, Martyn, Mente, Mertel, Mergen

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Where is the Merten family from?

You can see how Merten families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Merten family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Merten families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 70 Merten families living in Wisconsin. This was about 28% of all the recorded Merten's in the USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Merten families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Merten surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Merten ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Merten. 15% of Merten men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Merten women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Merten were Proprietor and Nurse.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Housework
  • Nurse
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Census Records

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

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What is the average Merten lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Merten life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Merten in 1955 was 56, and 79 in 2004.

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