Merle Name Meaning

German and French: nickname, possibly for a good or habitual singer or whistler, from Middle High German, Old French merle ‘blackbird’ (Latin merula). See Merlo. German: from a pet form of a short form of a personal name formed with German mar, mer ‘famous’ as the first element.

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


Similar surnames: Mehle, Mele, Meile, Merlo, Merry, Erle, Werle, Melle, Ergle, Merl

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Merle Family Origin

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Merle Family Occupations

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  • Cotton Spinner

    25%
  • Gold & Silver Stamper (Other) (21/7)

    25%
  • Silver Plate Polisher

    25%
  • Silversmith

    25%

In 1881, the most common Merle occupation in the UK was Cotton Spinner. 25% of Merle's were Cotton Spinners. Cotton Spinner, Gold & Silver Stamper (Other) (21/7) and Silver Plate Polisher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Merle. A less common occupation for the Merle family was Silversmith.

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Merle Historical Records

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Merle Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1962 and 2004, Merle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Merle in 1962 was 63, and 78 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Merle

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