Merton

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4k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
417
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Merton

"Merton" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the lake town". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States sociologist (1910-2003)
  2. United States religious and writer (1915-1968)
Wiktionary
  1. Any of several placenames in England from words meaning lake and settlement
  2. A district in south-west London, and a London Borough within Greater London.
  3. Merton College, Oxford.
  4. An English habitational surname​ from the placenames.

Notable Persons Named Merton

Merton Miller was an economist in the field of economics. Merton was born on May 16th, 1923 in Boston. He passed away on June 3rd, 2000.

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Merton Hanks is a football player for the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. He was most active from 1991 to 1999. Merton was born on March 12th, 1968 in Dallas.

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Merton Beckwith-Smith is a military person. His military service ended in 1942.

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Merton was given the name Merton Daniel Simpson on September 20th, 1928 in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. He died on March 9th, 2013.

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Merton was born on May 8th, 1835. He breathed his last breath on January 27th, 1921.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Merton

Thomas Merton was a trappist monk, author, and trappists. Thomas was born on January 31st, 1915 in Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France. He breathed his last breath on December 10th, 1968.

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Robert K. Merton was a sociologist and sociology. Robert was born on July 4th, 1910 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. He died on February 23rd, 2003.

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Paul Merton is a surreal humour, observational comedy, improvisational theatre, physical comedy, satire, and deadpan comedian. Paul was given the name Paul James Martin on July 9th, 1957 in Parsons Green, London, England.

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Robert C. Merton is a scientist in the fields of finance and economics. Robert was born Robert C. Merton on July 31st, 1944 in New York City.

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Zienia Merton is an actor and actress. She was most active from 1962 to 1962. Zienia was born on December 11th, 1945 in Myanmar.

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The Viscount Boyd of Merton was an office holder. The was born on November 18th, 1904. He passed away on March 8th, 1983.

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How popular is the baby name Merton in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 27 0 27
1881 17 0 17
1882 20 0 20
1883 23 0 23
1884 16 0 16
1885 12 0 12
1886 10 0 10
1887 15 0 15
1888 11 0 11
1889 7 0 7
1890 8 0 8
1891 12 0 12
1892 19 0 19
1893 14 0 14
1894 15 0 15
1895 12 0 12
1896 17 0 17
1897 14 0 14
1898 11 0 11
1899 6 0 6
1900 6 0 6
1901 13 0 13
1902 17 0 17
1903 8 0 8
1904 10 0 10
1905 16 0 16
1906 8 0 8
1907 21 0 21
1908 26 0 26
1909 20 0 20
1910 16 0 16
1911 33 0 33
1912 60 0 60
1913 56 0 56
1914 77 0 77
1915 105 0 105
1916 117 0 117
1917 116 0 116
1918 137 0 137
1919 104 0 104
1920 150 0 150
1921 139 0 139
1922 129 0 129
1923 141 0 141
1924 132 0 132
1925 141 0 141
1926 115 0 115
1927 134 0 134
1928 124 0 124
1929 106 0 106
1930 113 0 113
1931 75 0 75
1932 90 0 90
1933 83 0 83
1934 79 0 79
1935 79 0 79
1936 62 0 62
1937 75 0 75
1938 61 0 61
1939 43 0 43
1940 45 0 45
1941 61 0 61
1942 53 0 53
1943 55 0 55
1944 41 0 41
1945 30 0 30
1946 35 0 35
1947 44 0 44
1948 32 0 32
1949 32 0 32
1950 31 0 31
1951 32 0 32
1952 28 0 28
1953 22 0 22
1954 23 0 23
1955 21 0 21
1956 26 0 26
1957 21 0 21
1958 11 0 11
1959 24 0 24
1960 16 0 16
1961 17 0 17
1962 12 0 12
1963 14 0 14
1964 18 0 18
1965 9 0 9
1966 12 0 12
1967 15 0 15
1968 14 0 14
1969 8 0 8
1970 13 0 13
1971 9 0 9
1972 8 0 8
1973 10 0 10
1974 11 0 11
1976 7 0 7
1977 10 0 10
1978 8 0 8
1979 8 0 8
1980 9 0 9
1983 5 0 5
1985 5 0 5
1988 8 0 8
1993 5 0 5
1995 5 0 5

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Popularity of Merton as a first name

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Popularity of Merton as a last name

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Common last names for Merton

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Taylor
  • Jones
  • Thompson
  • Hall
  • White
  • Baker
  • Wood

Common first names for Merton

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Merton U.S.
  White 84.89% 64.26%
  African American 5.04% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.84% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.36% 16.26%

Of Last Name Merton

People with the last name Merton are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Merton

  • How Popular is the name Merton? Merton is the 4,130th most popular name of all time. As a last name Merton was the 50,196th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Merton have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,246 babies born with the first name Merton in the United States. That's more than enough people named Merton to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Merton? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 27 new born babies.
  • When was Merton first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Merton is Monday, February 21st, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Merton born? The highest recorded use of the first name Merton was in 1920 with a total of 150 babies.
  • Random Merton Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Merton ranks 96th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 5 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Merton: Your name in reverse order is Notrem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nrotem. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Merton? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 417 people with the last name Merton.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Merton? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Merton as their last name since less than 1 person in 714k 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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