Meriot is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Meriot family lived in Leicestershire
. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Marriot in Normandy
. While many of the family settled in England
, some stayed behind in Normandy
as shown by Richard Mareta who was listed there (1180-1195.) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Meriot family
The surname Meriot was first found in Somerset
at Merriott, a parish, in the union of Chard, hundred
of Crewkerne. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
This parish was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 as Meriet CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and possibly meant "boundary gate," from the Old English words "maere" + "geat." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Some of the first listings of the name include: Alric filius
Meriet; and Aelric Meriete in 1066 and Aegel filius Mergeati c. 1086. Symon Meriet was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1202. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 listed: John de Meriet in Lincolnshire; and Simon de Meriet in Somerset
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 Meriot family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meriot research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1695, 1657, 1679, 1708, 1695 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Meriot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Meriot Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Meriot are characterized by many spelling variations
. 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. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Meriot include Marriott, Mariott, Marriot, Marritt, Marrot, Marrotte, Mariatt, Maryet, Maryott, Marryatt, Mariate, Merritt, Merriott and many more.
Early Notables of the Meriot family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Augustine Marriott of London; Christopher Merret (Merrett) FRS
(1614-1695), an English physician and scientist, the first to document the deliberate addition of sugar for the production... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meriot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Meriot family to Ireland
Some of the Meriot family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Meriot family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Meriot, or a variant listed above: Robert Marriott settled in Jamaica in 1679; Samuel Marriott settled in Virginia in 1774; Henry Marriot settled in Virginia in 1646; Edward Marriott settled in Annapolis in 1758.