Mary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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." 
Important Dates for 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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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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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 
- Martin Mary, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 
- Tho Mary, who landed in Virginia in 1663 
Mary Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Anna Mary, who arrived in New York in 1709 
- Barbara Mary, who arrived in New York in 1709 
Mary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ann Mary, aged 15, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873 
- Jacob Mary, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 
- Karl Jakob Mary, who landed in North America in 1847 
- Peter Mary, aged 41, who arrived in America in 1854 
- Joseph Mary, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1854 
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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)
- Ms. Gilian Mary McNeil C.B.E., British Director and Chief Executive for Theirworld was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017, for services to the Health and Education of Vulnerable Children and Women
- Ms. Rose Mary Fitzpatrick C.B.E., Q.P.M., British Deputy Chief Constable for Police Scotland was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017, for services to Law and Order
- Dame Theresa Mary Marteau D.B.E., FMedSci., FAcSS. (b. 1953), British Honorary Professor and Director for Behaviour and Health Research Unit for the University of Cambridge was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017, for services to Public Health
- Dame Julie Mary Walters D.B.E., C.B.E. (b. 1950), British Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and BAFTA-award winning actress, was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017
- Dame Ingrid Mary Roscoe D.C.V.O., F.S.A. (b. 1944), British Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire was appointed Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order on 17th June 2017
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)