Merry Family History

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Merry Name Meaning

English: nickname for someone with a blithe or happy disposition, from Middle English merry ‘lively’, ‘cheerful’ (Old English myr(i)ge ‘pleasant’, ‘agreeable’). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Mearadhaigh, Ó Meardha ‘descendant of Mearadhach’, ‘descendant of Meardha’, personal names derived from an adjective meaning ‘lively’, ‘wild’, ‘wanton’. French: from a vernacular form of the personal name Médéric, derived from a Germanic personal name conposed of mecht ‘strength’, ‘might’ + ric ‘power’; ‘ruler’. French: habitational name from Merry in Yonne or Merri in Orne, derived from the Latin personal name Matrius + the suffix -acum.

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

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

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Merry Family Origin

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Merry Family Occupations

What did your Merry ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Merry occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Merry's were Farmers. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Merry. A less common occupation for the Merry family was Annuitant.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Merry ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Merry Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 75,000 census records available for the last name Merry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Merry 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Merry. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Merry Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Merry

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Merry 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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