The Meirscough surname is thought to derived from the place name Myerscough in Wyre on The Fylde, Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Meirscough family
The surname Meirscough was first found in Lancashire
at Myerscough, a township, in the parish of Lancaster, union of Garstang, hundred
of Amounderness. Now known as Myerscough and Bilsborrow, this amalgamated parish was established in 2003. Myerscough is where the family's first records were found, specifically: William de Mirscho in 1246; Walter de Myreskou in 1277; and WIlliam de Mireschow who was listed in the Assize Rolls there in 1285. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Meirscough family
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Meirscough Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Meirscough are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Meirscough include: Myerscough, Myerscow, Myerscuff, Myersco, Mirescough, Meirscough and many more.
Early Notables of the Meirscough family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Meirscough family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Meirscough or a variant listed above: Simon and Thomas Myerscough, who were on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871.