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The MERTON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 440 45735 0.000 2
United States (1880 census) 317 13706 0.001 6
Change since 1880 +123 -32029 -0.001 -4
Other Countries
Australia 206 7331 0.001 13
United Kingdom 362 11203 0.001 8
Top States for MERTON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 60 21865 0.000 3
Florida 43 33914 0.000 3
New York 43 39159 0.000 2
California 41 49048 0.000 1
New Jersey 27 33746 0.000 3
Top States for MERTON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 9 14095 0.001 7
Vermont 3 22367 0.000 5
Connecticut 14 31166 0.000 4
Oregon 13 28289 0.000 4
Massachusetts 24 28320 0.000 4


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called MERTON live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called MERTON represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called MERTON in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a MERTON by picking someone at random in Maine than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of MERTON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the MERTON surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the MERTON surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of MERTON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 376 85.45
Asian/Pacific 24 5.45
Black/African American 21 4.77
Mixed Race 11 2.5
Native American/Alaskan Less than 100 Insignificant
White (Hispanic) Less than 100 Insignificant

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the MERTON surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of MERTON in historical publications

(origin: Local) From Merton, a town in Sussex, England, so called from mere, a lake or marsh, and ton.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to MERTON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MERTON.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for MERTON

The following words are slight variants of MERTON that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.