Mary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Mary is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mary 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 Mary family

The surname Mary 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 Mary family

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Mary Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Merry, Mirrey, Merrie, Mirrie and others.

Early Notables of the Mary family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Mary family to Ireland

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

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Mary or a variant listed above:

Mary Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Mary, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [2]
  • Martin Mary, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [2]
  • Tho Mary, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [2]
Mary Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Mary, who arrived in New York in 1709 [2]
  • Barbara Mary, who arrived in New York in 1709 [2]
Mary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Mary, aged 15, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873 [2]
  • Jacob Mary, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Karl Jakob Mary, who landed in North America in 1847 [2]
  • Peter Mary, aged 41, who arrived in America in 1854 [2]
  • Joseph Mary, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Mary migration to Australia +

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

Mary Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jane Mary, British Convict who was convicted in Barbados for 14 years, transported aboard the "Atwick" on 28 September 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mary (post 1700) +

  • Jan Garrigue Mary (1886-1948), Czechoslovakian politician
  • Alice Maud Mary (1843-1878), British princess
  • John Mary, Irish politician, prime minister of Ireland from 1966-1973, and 1977-1979
  • Theresa Mary Brasier (b. 1956), birth name of Theresa Mary May, British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the Leader of the Conservative Party
  • Theresa Mary May (b. 1956), née Brasier, a British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2016-2019), Leader of the Conservative Party (2016-2019), Home Secretary (2010-2016)
  • Amelia Mary Earhart (1897-1937), American aviator, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight in 1937
  • Barbara Mary Hewson (d. 2021), Irish barrister with a practice in public law
  • Dame Georgina Mary Mace DBE, FRS (1953-2020), British ecologist and conservation scientist, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems at University College London
  • Brenda Mary Robertson CM, ONB (1929-2020), Canadian politician from Sussex, New Brunswick, Senator for Riverview, New Brunswick (1984-2004)
  • Margaret Mary Hallahan (1803-1868), English Catholic nun who founded the Dominican Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena [4]

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 23rd August 2020, retreived from
  4. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook
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