Discovery and name
The point was mapped by the United States Geological Survey from surveys and U.S. Navy aerial photographs collected during the years 1959–66. Merrick Point was named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names in 1977 after Dale Merrick of Stanford University. Merrick was an upper atmosphere researcher and Station Scientific Leader at Siple Station during the over-winter of the 1975 season.
On 20 December 2017, Dr. Brady McNulty, a pharmacist, was granted the peerage title Baron of Merrick in recognition of his support of Westarctica. In December 2023, he also received the title Duke of Hammond and Baron of Merrick became his subordinate title.