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

The ancestors of the Celtic name Myrick came from the rugged landscape of Wales. This old, proud name derives from the personal name Meuric, which is the Welsh form of Maurice. The surname Myrick is ultimately derived from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means "dark." In Britain, Maurice was the learned form of the name, while Morice was the common form.

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The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Myrick have included Merrick, Merick, Meyrick, Meynik and others.

First found in Anglesey (Welsh: Ynys Môn), a Welsh-speaking island, and present day County of Isle of Anglesey, located at the northwestern extremity of Wales, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Myrick research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1505, 1566, 1556, 1601, 1563, 1640, 1636, 1713, 1674, 1712, 1714, 1666 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Myrick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 183 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Myrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Myrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 61 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Myrick:

Myrick Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Myrick, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1636

Myrick Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • J Myrick, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Christopher M Myrick, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849

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  • Sue Wilkins Myrick (b. 1941), North Carolina congresswoman
  • Bismarck Myrick (1899-2002), former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia
  • Daniel Myrick (b. 1962), American film director
  • Gary Myrick, American singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • Willie Spencer Myrick (1918-1991), American politician, Louisiana State Senator from West Carroll Parish (1964-1968)
  • Don Myrick (1940-1993), American saxophonist, known for his work with Phil Collins, former member of Earth Wind & Fire
  • Billie E. "Bill" Myrick (1926-2011), American Country musician
  • Julian Southall Myrick (1880-1969), American insurance salesman and promoter of tennis, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1969 for his contribution to the sport
  • Bellinda Myrick (b. 1948), American singer, actress and author


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  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Myrick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Myrick 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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