Marriott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Marriott is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Marriott family lived in Leicestershire. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Marriot in Normandy. While many of the family settled in England, some stayed behind in Normandy as shown by Richard Mareta who was listed there (1180-1195.) [1]

Early Origins of the Marriott family

The surname Marriott was first found in Somerset at Merriott, a parish, in the union of Chard, hundred of Crewkerne. [2] This parish was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Meriet [3] and possibly meant "boundary gate," from the Old English words "maere" + "geat." [4] Some of the first listings of the name include: Alric filius Meriet; and Aelric Meriete in 1066 and Aegel filius Mergeati c. 1086. Symon Meriet was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1202. [5] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: John de Meriet in Lincolnshire; and Simon de Meriet in Somerset. [6]

Early History of the Marriott family

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Marriott 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 Marriott, Mariott, Marriot, Marritt, Marrot, Marrotte, Mariatt, Maryet, Maryott, Marryatt, Mariate, Merritt, Merriott and many more.

Early Notables of the Marriott family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Augustine Marriott of London; Christopher Merret (Merrett) FRS (1614-1695), an English physician and scientist, the first to document the deliberate addition of sugar for the production...
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Ireland Migration of the Marriott family to Ireland

Some of the Marriott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Marriott 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 Marriott name or one of its variants:

Marriott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Marriott, who landed in Virginia in 1646 [7]
  • William Marriott, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [7]
  • Robert Marriott, who settled in Jamaica in 1679
Marriott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Marriott, who settled in Annapolis in 1758
  • Samuel Marriott, who settled in Virginia in 1774
Marriott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Marriott, who arrived in New York in 1809 [7]

Canada Marriott migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marriott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Marriott, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Marriott migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Marriott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Marriott, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Ellis Marriott, (Hines), English convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • F. Marriott, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849 [10]
  • Samuel Marriott, English Convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [11]
  • Richard Marriott, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Marriott migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Marriott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J H Marriott, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Thomas Sparks
  • J H Marriott, British settler travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [13]
  • Mr. Marriott, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merchantman' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand and Auckland New Zealand on 6th September 1855 [14]
  • Mrs. Marriott, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merchantman' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand and Auckland New Zealand on 6th September 1855 [14]
  • Mrs. Charlotte Marriott, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [14]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Marriott (post 1700) +

  • John Willard Marriott (1900-1985), American entrepreneur and businessman, founder of Marriott Corporation, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • John Willard "Bill" Marriott Jr. (b. 1932), American businessman, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Marriott International
  • Alice Marriott (1907-2000), American entrepreneur philanthropist, wife of John Willard Marriott
  • Fred Marriott (1872-1956), American race car driver, world land speed record holder
  • W. H. Marriott, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1916 [15]
  • Salima Siler Marriott, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1988; Member of Maryland State House of Delegates District 40, 2001 [15]
  • Richard H. Marriott, American politician, Mayor of Sacramento, California, 1968-75 [15]
  • James H. Marriott, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Sterling; Elected 1926 [15]
  • Frank M. Marriott, American politician, Circuit Judge in Ohio 5th Circuit, 1911-13 [15]
  • David Daniel Marriott (b. 1939), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Utah 2nd District, 1977-85; Candidate in primary for Governor of Utah, 1984 [15]
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Albert  Marriott (1853-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [16]
HMS Royal Oak
  • C. Marriott, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [17]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. J.W. Marriott (d. 1912), aged 20, English Assistant Pantry man Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [18]

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