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Merrill Family History

Merrill Name Meaning

Welsh and English: from a female personal name of Celtic origin found in Welsh as Meriel and Meryl and in Irish as Muirgheal earlier Muirgel (‘sea-bright’). English: habitational name from one or more of the many places whose names derive from Middle English mirie merie murie ‘merry pleasant’ (Old English myrge) + hill hell hull ‘hill’ (Old English hyll) including two places called Merry Hill in Staffordshire and a third in Hertfordshire.

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

Similar surnames: Merrick, Merritt, Grill, Cerrillo, Perrell, Merriam, Parrill, Perrin

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Where is the Merrill family from?

You can see how Merrill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Merrill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Merrill families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 106 Merrill families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Merrill's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Merrill families in 1911.
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What did your Merrill ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Merrill. 29% of Merrill men worked as a Farmer and 31% of Merrill women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named Merrill were Labourer and Housewife. .

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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
  • Manager
  • Clerk
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Income
  • Farmer
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 213,000 census records available for the last name Merrill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Merrill 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Merrill. 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 50,000 military records available for the last name Merrill. For the veterans among your Merrill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Merrill lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Merrill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Merrill in 1944 was 25, and 75 in 2004.

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