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Merton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places called Merton in London, Devon, Norfolk, and Oxfordshire, named in Old English with mere ‘lake’, ‘pool’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. Compare Marton, Martin 2.

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

Similar surnames: Marton, Morton, Murton, Melton, Denton, Kenton, Overton, Milton

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Where is the Merton family from?

You can see how Merton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Merton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Merton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Merton families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Merton's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Merton families in 1840.
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What did your Merton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Merton. 25% of Merton men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Merton women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Merton were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
  • Housewife
  • Housework
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Merton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Merton 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Merton. 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 Merton. For the veterans among your Merton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Merton lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Merton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Merton in 1962 was 49, and 85 in 2004.

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