Merisson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Merisson was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Merisson 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 Merisson family

The surname Merisson 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]

Important Dates for the Merisson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merisson research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1682 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Merisson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Merisson 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 Merisson family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Merisson family to Ireland

Some of the Merisson 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.

Migration of the Merisson family

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 Merisson or a variant listed above: Savage Merrie settled in Virginia in 1637; John Merrie settled in St. Christopher in 1633; John Merry later moved to Virginia in 1643; Thomas Merry settled in Virginia in 1654.

Citations

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