Meriton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Meriton family

The surname Meriton was first found in Durham where one of the first on record was Simon de Mereton in 1242. Alternatively, the name could have originated in Warwickshire at Meriden (Mereden), a parish that was anciently called Alspath, and formed part of the possessions of the Countess Godiva in 1043, and in the 12th year of the reign Edward II was the property of John de Segrave. Today, the parish is in the West Midlands and is the traditional center of England. Meriden literally means "pleasant valley" from the Old English "myre" + "denu." [1] The village of Kirk Merrington is also located in Durham and dates back to c. 1085 when it was first listed as Maerintun. By 1331, it was listed as Kyrke Merington. [1]

Important Dates for the Meriton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meriton research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1086, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Meriton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meriton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Meriton, Merrington, Mirrington, Marrington, Morrington, Merriton, Miriton and many more.

Early Notables of the Meriton family (pre 1700)

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Meriton migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meriton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joshua Meriton, who arrived in Virginia in 1674 [2]

Meriton migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meriton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Henry Meriton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Meriton migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Meriton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Meriton, (b. 1839), aged 20, Cornish labourer departing from Liverpool on 2nd August 1859 aboard the ship "Herald of the Morning" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 5th November 1859 [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Jane Meriton, (b. 1839), aged 20, Cornish settler departing from Liverpool on 2nd August 1859 aboard the ship "Herald of the Morning" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 5th November 1859 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Meriton (post 1700)

  • William Meriton Eaton, 2nd Baron Cheylesmore

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
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