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Mertens Name Meaning

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

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


Similar surnames: Merten, Martens, Maertens, Mertins, Mergens, Mertes, Mehrtens

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Where is the Mertens family from?

You can see how Mertens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mertens family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Mertens families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Mertens families living in Virginia. This was about 67% of all the recorded Mertens's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Mertens families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mertens surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mertens ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mertens. 13% of Mertens men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Mertens women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mertens were Truck Driver and Housework.

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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
    13%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Clerk
    16%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Housework
    7%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Mertens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mertens 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Mertens. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Mertens. For the veterans among your Mertens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mertens lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Mertens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Mertens in 1952 was 57, and 71 in 2004.

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