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Merlin Surname Meaning

French English (of Norman origin) Italian and German; Spanish (Merlín): from the Old French personal name Merlin from Latin Merlinus a Latinized form of Welsh Myrddin devised by Geoffrey of Monmouth from the Welsh form of the Romano-British placename Moridunum ‘sea-fort’ (Carmarthen) and popularized in the Arthurian romances. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Merle a pet form of Miryam (see Mirkin ) with the addition of the Slavic possessive suffix -in.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Serlin, Merin, Melin, Perlin, Berlin, Markin, Carlin, Merlino, Merl

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Where is the Merlin family from?

You can see how Merlin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Merlin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Merlin families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 30 Merlin families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 44% of all the recorded Merlin's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Merlin families in 1911.
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What did your Merlin ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Merlin. 100% of Merlin men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Merlin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Merlin. For the veterans among your Merlin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Merlin lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Merlin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Merlin in 1957 was 53, and 85 in 2004.

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