The English surname Merton is of locative origin and is derived from the old English word for a " town on a lake" . The place name is recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. The earliest recording of the last name Merton dates to Yorkshire in 1212 when Thomas de Marton is recorded in the Pipe Rolls. Today there are approximately 500 people with the last name Merton living in the United States.
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