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Merrett is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Merrett family lived in Leicestershire. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Marriot in Normandy. While many of the family settled in England, some stayed behind in Normandy as shown by Richard Mareta who was listed there (1180-1195.) [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


Merrett Early Origins



The surname Merrett was first found in Somerset at Merriott, a parish, in the union of Chard, hundred of Crewkerne. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
This parish was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Meriet [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and possibly meant "boundary gate," from the Old English words "maere" + "geat." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Some of the first listings of the name include: Alric filius Meriet; and Aelric Meriete in 1066 and Aegel filius Mergeati c. 1086. Symon Meriet was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1202. [5]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 listed: John de Meriet in Lincolnshire; and Simon de Meriet in Somerset. [6]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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Merrett Spelling Variations


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Merrett Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Merrett include Marriott, Mariott, Marriot, Marritt, Marrot, Marrotte, Mariatt, Maryet, Maryott, Marryatt, Mariate, Merritt, Merriott and many more.

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Merrett Early History


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Merrett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merrett research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1695, 1657, 1679, 1708, 1695 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Merrett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Merrett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Merrett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Augustine Marriott of London; Christopher Merret (Merrett) FRS (1614-1695), an English physician and scientist, the first to document the deliberate addition of sugar for the production...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Merrett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Merrett In Ireland


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Merrett In Ireland



Some of the Merrett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Merretts to arrive on North American shores:

Merrett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Merrett, who landed in Virginia in 1637

Merrett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Z Merrett, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Merrett, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Merrett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Geo Merrett, who landed in Canada in 1817

Merrett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Merrett, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • Edward Merrett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • Charlotte Merrett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • Ann Merrett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) planter 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • Charles Ivor Griff Merrett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Merrett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jane Merrett arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Florence Merrett arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Francis Merrett arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1870
  • George Merrett, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Phillis Merrett, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Merrett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Merrett (post 1700)



  • Lara Merrett (b. 1971), Australian visual artist from Melbourne
  • Jackson Merrett (b. 1993), professional Australian rules football player
  • Colonel Sir Charles Edward Merrett CBE (1863-1948), Australian merchant, agriculturist and political activist from Melbourne
  • Mitch Merrett, Canadian record producer, music manager, and country musician from Langley, British Columbia
  • John Campbell Merrett (1909-1998), Canadian architect, best known for his design of Montrealís Central Station
  • Leo Merrett (1920-1976), Australian rules footballer, Richmond Best and Fairest winner (1942 and 1944)
  • Thorold Merrett (b. 1933), former Australian rules footballer
  • Roger Merrett (b. 1960), former Australian rules footballer
  • Nigel Robert Merrett (b. 1940), British zoologist and ichthyologist
  • Daniel Merrett (b. 1984), Australian rules footballer from Adelaide

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Merrett Historic Events


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Merrett Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Percy L V Merrett, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Merrett Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  11. ...

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