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What does Merton mean?

Merton Pronunciation of Merton [mer-ton] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Merton is "town by the lake". Place name. Theologian Thomas Merton.

Associated with: old english, lake (river), theologian (philosopher).


Merton has 2 variants: Merwyn and Murton.

Creative forms:
(male) Merden, Meton, ..

(female) Mermon, ..

Middle name pairings:
Merton Rowan (M.R.), ..

How popular is Merton?

Merton is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#45735 out of 150436, Top 30%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Merton was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its top rank of #458 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merton name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Merton outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Merwyn is the only other popular varying form of Merton listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Merton was at its highest 135 years ago (median #1229).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merton, Merwyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Merton and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Merton is alike in pronunciation to Marten, Martenn, Martijn, Martin, Marton, Martyn, Morten and Morton. Other suggested similar names are Aeron, Barton, Belton, Benton, Berto, Bertol (see Berthold), Berton, Burton, Darton, Delton, Derron, Dervon, Deston, Dexton, Egerton, Felton, Fenton, Ferron, Garton, Geron, Hermon, Horton, Jeron, Jerron, Jeston, Keaton, Keeton, Kelton, Kenton, Leron, Marden, Mardon, Mardyn (see Marden), Marion, Marlon, Martino, Meirion, Meldon, Melvon, Mentor, Merlyn, Merom, Merven, Mervyn, Merwin, Milton, Miron, Mylton (see Milton), Myron, Newton, Orton, Parton, Person, Peyton, Renton, Rexton, Seaton, Seeton, Sefton, Seton, Sexton, Teron, Verdon, Verlon, Vernon, Welton and Weston. These names tend to be more frequently used than Merton.

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