The name Merray arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Merray family lived in Norfolk
. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Meret, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Merray family
The surname Merray 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Merray family
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Merray Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Merry, Mirrey, Merrie, Mirrie and others.
Early Notables of the Merray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Merray family to Ireland
Some of the Merray family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 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 Merray family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Merray 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.