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Merrell is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Merrell family name comes from the personal name Muriel, which is composed of the Celtic elements muir, which means sea, and gael, which means bright. This personal name was extremely common during the Middle Ages in Continental Europe. It was introduced to England by the Breton settlers who accompanied Norman the Conqueror. In Northern England, the name was also imported by the Norsemen from Ireland and in Western England the name developed as a result of Welsh influence. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


Merrell Early Origins



The surname Merrell was first found in Lancashire where one of the first records of the name was Ougrim filius Miriel who was listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1188. A few years later, Mirielis, Muriella de Stokes was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Buckinghamshire in 1203 and later Johannes filius Miriald was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Yorkshire in 1208. Continuing in Lancashire, Godric Miriild, Mirild, Mirield was listed in the Pipe Rolls (1184-1188) and Robert, Richard Muriel was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1195. By this time some of the family was found in Suffolk where John Myrel was listed in the Subsidy Rolls in 1327, Richard Meryel and Walter Merel was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1381. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Matilda Miriel in Cambridgeshire; Henry filius Mirield in Lincolnshire; Robert filius Muriel in Huntingdonshire; Thomas filius Muriel in Shropshire; and Richard Miriel in Norfolk. [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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Merrell Spelling Variations


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Merrell Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Merrell has been recorded under many different variations, including Merrill, Meyrill, Merell, Merells, Meyrell and many more.

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Merrell Early History


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Merrell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merrell research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 135 and 1350 are included under the topic Early Merrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Merrell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Merrell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Merrell 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



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Merrells were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Merrell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nathaniel Merrell, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Henry Merrell, who arrived in Virginia in 1666

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Contemporary Notables of the name Merrell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Merrell (post 1700)



  • William S. Merrell, American founder of Western Market Drug Store in 1828 which later became Richardson-Merrell and more recently Marion Merrell Dow, an American pharmaceutical company based in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Randy Merrell, American co-founder of Merrell, an American footwear company in 1981
  • Joseph F. Merrell (1926-1945), United States Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II
  • General Jack Gordon Merrell (1915-1993), United States Air Force four star general
  • Alton Merrell, American pianist, music producer, educator, arranger and composer
  • Billy Merrell (b. 1982), American author and poet
  • Emilie C. Merrell, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Collingdale, Pennsylvania, 1888-93
  • Edwin Clay Merrell, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Halifax, 1919; Hamilton, 1921-32
  • Edgar S. K. Merrell (b. 1865), American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 5th District, 1910-35; Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court 1st Department, 1933-35
  • George Robert Merrell (1898-1962), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, 1949; Afghanistan, 1951-52
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  11. ...

The Merrell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Merrell 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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