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Early Origins of the Meriwether family

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] Literally the place name means "enclosure of a man called Maera" from the Old English personal name + "worth." [2] 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]

Early History of the Meriwether family

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Meriwether Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Meriwether family (pre 1700)

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Meriwether Ranking

In the United States, the name Meriwether is the 14,819th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Meriwether migration to the United States +

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 [5]
Meriwether Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lee Meriwether, aged 42, who immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Lucy Meriwether, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Meriwether (post 1700) +

  • Lee Ann Meriwether (b. 1935), American Emmy Award nominated actress and model, Miss America 1955
  • Louise Meriwether (1923-2023), American novelist, essayist, journalist and activist, as well as a writer of biographies of historically important African Americans for children
  • 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
  • John Meriwether, American financial executive from Wall Street
  • Reuben Handy Meriwether (b. 1820), American politician, Mayor of Decatur, Illinois, 1876 [6]
  • 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 [6]
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The Meriwether 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.

  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)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook