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Merry Family History

Merry Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English merie mirie murie ‘merry pleasant’ (Old English myrge). Compare Merriman . Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Mearadhaigh Ó Meardha ‘descendant of Mearadhach a descendant of Meardha’ personal names derived from an adjective meaning ‘lively wild or high-spirited’. Where Irish dh has been Anglicized as g there is possible confusion with Merrick . French: variant of Mery French: habitational name from Merry in Yonne or Merri in Orne derived from the Latin personal name Matrius + the suffix -acum. Compare Mery English: perhaps sometimes a variant of Mary .

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

Similar surnames: Berry, Terry, Ferry, Mercy, Derry, Mery, Perry, Werry, Cerny, Jerry

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Where is the Merry family from?

You can see how Merry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Merry family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Merry families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 32 Merry families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 29% of all the recorded Merry's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Merry families in 1911.
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What did your Merry ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Merry. 49% of Merry men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Merry women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Merry were Labourer and Student. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Housework
  • Student
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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Merry. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Merry. For the veterans among your Merry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Merry lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Merry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Merry in 1941 was 40, and 78 in 2004.

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