First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Merrit

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Alt. Meaning

M is for mirth, your laughter.

E is for exotic, no lack of spirit here!

R is for respect, earned through your actions

R is for rational, the way you think.

I is for infinite, are your possibilities

T is for time, you give to friends.

Notable Persons Named Merrit

His military service ended in 1942. Merrit was born on December 18th, 1915 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He left this life on August 7th, 1942.



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Popularity of Merrit as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Merrit U.S.
  White 62.26% 64.26%
  African American 32.42% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.58% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.10% 16.26%

Of Last Name Merrit

People with the last name Merrit are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Merrit

  • How Popular is the name Merrit? Merrit is the 24,999th most popular name of all time. As a last name Merrit was the 36,154th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Merrit have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 230 babies born with the first name Merrit in the United States. That's more than enough people named Merrit to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Merrit? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Merrit first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Merrit is Wednesday, August 8th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Merrit born? The highest recorded use of the first name Merrit was in 1930 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Merrit: Your name in reverse order is Tirrem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Trierm. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Merrit? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 620 people with the last name Merrit.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Merrit? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Merrit as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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