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

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  • Farmer

    4%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Annuitant

    2%

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

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Between 1941 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Merry

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