Show ContentsMaree History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Maree is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Maree 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.

Early Origins of the Maree family

The surname Maree was first found in Norfolk. However, some of the family were found at Stow-Maries in Essex. "This parish takes the adjunct to its name from the family of Marey, to whom the lands at one time belonged." [1]

Early History of the Maree family

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Maree Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Merry, Mirrey, Merrie, Mirrie and others.

Early Notables of the Maree family (pre 1700)

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Maree Ranking

In South Africa, the name Maree is the 603rd most popular surname with an estimated 11,534 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Maree family to Ireland

Some of the Maree family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Maree migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Maree name or one of its variants:

Maree Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maria Maree, aged 48, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [3]
  • Bartholomew Maree, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Maree (post 1700) +

  • George LaVance "Vance" "Dutch" Maree (1909-1976), American football and basketball player for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1928-1931)
  • Trudi Maree (b. 1988), South African swimmer from Bloemfontein who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Florent Maree (b. 1980), French male artistic gymnast at the 2000 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Sydney Maree (b. 1956), South-African middle distance runner
  • Susan Maree Ryan AO FAICD (1942-2020), Australian politician, Age Discrimination Commissioner (2011-2016), Special Minister of State (1987-1988), Minister for Education (1984-1987)
  • Haidee Maree Tiffen MNZM (b. 1979), New Zealand head coach for New Zealand Women's Cricket team
  • Anna Maree Meares OAM (b. 1983), Australian eighteen-time gold medalist track cyclist
  • Julie Maree Attwood (b. 1957), Australian Labor Party politician
  • Brooke Maree McClymont (b. 1981), Australian country musician, member of the trio The McClymonts who have won seven Golden Guitars and two ARIA Awards
  • Emma Maree Urquhart (b. 1991), Scottish writer from Inverness

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. "Most Common Last Names in South Africa." Forebears,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook