Early Origins of the Merewether family
The surname Merewether was first found in Kent
at Mereworth, a parish, in the union of Malling, hundred
of Littlefield, lathe of Aylesford. This ancient Saxon village dates back to 843 when it was first listed as Meranworth. By the time of the Domesday Book
of 1086, the parish was known as Marovrde. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Literally the place name means "enclosure of a man called Maera" from the Old English personal name
+ "worth." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The name is often referred to as a nickname
for someone who is a happy, genial or a sunshiny fellow. Some of the first listings of the name were found in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273: Andrew Muriweder in Oxfordshire; and Thomas Murweder in Cambridgeshire
. There is also an undated listing of Henry Muriweder in the Issues of the Exchequer. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Merewether family
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Merewether Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Merriweather, Merreweather, Mereweather, Mereworth, Merworth and many more.
Early Notables of the Merewether family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Merewether family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Merewether Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jane Merewether, who settled in Virginia in 1654 with her husband
Contemporary Notables of the name Merewether (post 1700)
- Arthur Francis Merewether (1902-1997), nicknamed "Merry", an American Major League Baseball was a pinch hitter who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1922
- Francis Lewis Shaw Merewether (1811-1899), English-born, Australian politician, he migrated to Sydney in 1838, Postmaster-General (1851-1852), Auditor-General (1852-1856) and acting Colonial Treasurer (1854-1856)
- John Merewether (1797-1850), English churchman from Marshfield, Gloucestershire, Dean of Hereford from 1832 to 1850
- Hugh Merewether (1924-2006), British test pilot who pioneered the vertical and short take-off and landing techniques that led to the development of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier; inventor of the Ampair wind generator used by cruising sailors
- Major General Sir William Lockyer Merewether KCSI CB (1825-1880), British Indian Army officer
- Sir Edward Marsh Merewether KCMG KCVO (1858-1938), British colonial administrator, Governor of Sierra Leone (1910-1916), Governor of the Leeward Islands (1916-1921)
The Merewether Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vi et consilio
Motto Translation: By force and counsels.