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Where did the English Mirrie family come from? What is the English Mirrie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mirrie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mirrie family history?

The name Mirrie was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Mirrie family lived in Norfolk. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Meret, Normandy.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Mirrie are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Mirrie include Merry, Mirrey, Merrie, Mirrie and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mirrie research. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1682 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Mirrie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mirrie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Mirrie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Mirrie, or a variant listed above: Savage Merrie settled in Virginia in 1637; John Merrie settled in St. Christopher in 1633; John Merry later moved to Virginia in 1643; Thomas Merry settled in Virginia in 1654.

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The Mirrie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mirrie Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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