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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.

Mary Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Mary Spelling Variations


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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.

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Mary Early History


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Mary Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mary research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1682 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Mary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mary Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mary Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mary In Ireland


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Mary In Ireland



Some of the Mary family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873
  • Jacob Mary, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Karl Jakob Mary, who landed in North America in 1847
  • Peter Mary, aged 41, arrived in America in 1854
  • Joseph Mary, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mary (post 1700)


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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

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Mary Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  11. ...

The Mary Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mary 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.

This page was last modified on 22 February 2016 at 15:53.

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