Merritt Family History

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Merritt Name Meaning

habitational name from Merriott in Somerset, named in Old English as ‘boundary gate’ or ‘mare gate’, from (ge)m?re ‘boundary’ or miere ‘mare’ + geat ‘gate’. variant (as a result of hypercorrection) of Marriott, or of Marryat, which is from a Middle English personal name, Meryet, Old English M?rgeat, composed of the element m?r ‘boundary’ + the tribal name Geat (see Joslin).

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

Similar surnames: Herriott, Merrick, Skerritt, Burritt, Merrill, Errett, Merrett

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Merritt Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Merritt name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Merritt. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Merritt Family Origin

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Merritt Family Occupations

What did your Merritt ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, At School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Merritt. The most common Merritt occupation in Canada was Farmer. 41% of Merritt's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Merritt family was Going To School.

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  • Farmer

  • At School

  • Labourer

  • Going To School


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Merritt Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 236,000 census records available for the last name Merritt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Merritt census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Merritt. 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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Draft Card

There are 60,000 military records available for the last name Merritt. For the veterans among your Merritt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Merritt Life Expectancy

What is the average Merritt lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Merritt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Merritt in 1941 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Merritt ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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