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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Mary World Ranking

In the United States, the name Mary is the 12,571st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2] However, in France, the name Mary is ranked the 362nd most popular surname with an estimated 11,369 people with that name. [3] And in New Zealand, the name Mary is the 519th popular surname with an estimated 1,330 people with that name. [4]

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.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 [5]
  • Martin Mary, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [5]
  • Tho Mary, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [5]
Mary Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Mary, who arrived in New York in 1709 [5]
  • Barbara Mary, who arrived in New York in 1709 [5]
Mary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Mary, aged 15, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873 [5]
  • Jacob Mary, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [5]
  • Karl Jakob Mary, who landed in North America in 1847 [5]
  • Peter Mary, aged 41, who arrived in America in 1854 [5]
  • Joseph Mary, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1854 [5]
  • ... (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 18th Century
  • Miss Mary Ann, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Bellona" in July 1792, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mrs. Mary Randall, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years for receiving stolen goods, transported aboard the "Bellona" in July 1792, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
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) [7]
  • Miss. Mary Bone, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 10 years, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Miss. Mary Burns, (Sherlock), Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Miss. Mary Cannon, English convict who was convicted in Birmingham, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Miss. Mary Derrick, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • Gertrude Mary Denman GBE, (1884-1954), Baroness Denman, née Pearson, British woman active in women's rights issues specifically the Women's suffrage in the United Kingdom, wife of the 3rd Baron Denman
  • Diana Mary Organ (b. 1952), née Pugh, British politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Forest of Dean from 1997 to 2005
  • Sylvia Mary Burwell (b. 1965), American government and non-profit executive, 15th President of American University since June 1, 2017, the first woman to serve as the university's president
  • Frances Mary Line OBE (1940-2021), birth name of Frances Lloyd, a British broadcasting executive, Controller of BBC Radio 2, the first woman to hold the post and only the third to run a BBC Radio network


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bellona
  7. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 23rd August 2020, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atwick)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baretto-junior


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