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Meriwether Early Origins



The surname Meriwether 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. [1]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." [2]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. [3]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)

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Meriwether Spelling Variations


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Meriwether Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Merriweather, Merreweather, Mereweather, Mereworth, Merworth and many more.

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Meriwether Early History


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Meriwether Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meriwether research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1674, 1718, 1701, 1703 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Meriwether History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meriwether Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meriwether Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meriwether Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meriwether Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Meriwether, who landed in Virginia in 1653

Meriwether Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Lee Meriwether, aged 42, who emigrated to America, in 1905
  • Mrs. Lee Meriwether, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Susan Meriwether, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Louise Meriwether, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Lucy Meriwether, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meriwether (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meriwether (post 1700)



  • David Meriwether (1800-1893), American Senator from Kentucky and Governor of Territorial New Mexico
  • David Meriwether (1755-1822), American Revolutionary War soldier and Representative from Georgia
  • Elizabeth Meriwether (b. 1982), American playwright and screenwriter, television producer and writer
  • Wilhelm Delano Meriwether (1943-1971), American physician and a bronze medalist track and field athlete at the 1971 Pan American Games
  • James Meriwether (1789-1854), American politician, United States Representative from Georgia
  • James Archibald Meriwether (1806-1852), American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1831-36, 1838, 1843, 1851-52; U.S. Representative from Georgia at-large, 1841-43
  • James Meriwether (1788-1852), American politician, Member of Georgia State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Georgia at-large, 1825-27
  • David Meriwether (1800-1893), American Democrat politician, U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1852; Governor of New Mexico Territory, 1853-57; Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1858-85
  • David Meriwether (1755-1822), American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1797-1800; Speaker of the Georgia State House of Representatives, 1797-1800
  • Reuben Handy Meriwether (b. 1820), American politician, Mayor of Decatur, Illinois, 1876
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Meriwether Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meriwether Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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