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Merida Surname Meaning

Spanish (Mérida): habitational name from the city of Mérida in Badajoz province. One of the most important Roman cities of the Iberian peninsula it was named Augusta Emerita and established as a colonia of retired soldiers. Latin emerita is the past participle of emerere ‘earn out’ ‘merit’ i.e. ‘complete one's term of military service’ (from e ex ‘out of’ + merere ‘to deserve’).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Merin, Medina, Melia, Merino, Hermida, Merica, Cerda, Weida, Mera

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Where is the Merida family from?

You can see how Merida families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Merida family name was found in the USA between 1840 and 1920. The most Merida families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Merida family living in Kentucky. This was about 33% of all the recorded Merida's in USA. Kentucky and 2 other states had the highest population of Merida families in 1840.
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What did your Merida ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Merida. 40% of Merida men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Merida women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Merida were Labor and Cook. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    40%
  • Laborer
    35%
  • Farm Laborer
    10%
  • Labor
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    50%
  • Laundress
    13%
  • Farm Laborer
    13%
  • Cook
    13%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Merida. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Merida census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 816 immigration records available for the last name Merida. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 439 military records available for the last name Merida. For the veterans among your Merida ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Merida lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Merida life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Merida in 1946 was 40, and 82 in 2004.

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