The original Gaelic form of Mergin was O hAimheirgin. Aimhirgin means "wondrous birth."
in the Province of Leinster.
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Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname Mergin are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include Bergin, Berrigan, Baragan, Bergan, Bergen, Mergin, O'Bergin, O'Bergyn, MacBergin and many more.
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland
for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland
during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families
that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Mergin: Patrick Bergin who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843; David and Peter Berrigan who settled in Nova Scotia in 1833 and 1842; John Bergen who settled in St. John's Newfoundland and married in 1814.