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The ancestors of the Celtic name Merrick came from the rugged landscape of Wales. This old, proud name derives from the personal name Meuric, which is the Welsh form of Maurice. The surname Merrick is ultimately derived from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means "dark." In Britain, Maurice was the learned form of the name, while Morice was the common form.

Merrick Early Origins



The surname Merrick was first found in Anglesey (Welsh: Ynys Môn), a Welsh-speaking island, and present day County of Isle of Anglesey, located at the northwestern extremity of Wales, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Merrick Spelling Variations


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Merrick Spelling Variations



Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Merrick has occasionally been spelled Merrick, Merick, Meyrick, Meynik and others.

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Merrick Early History


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Merrick Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merrick research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1505, 1566, 1538, 1599, 1576, 1599, 1556, 1601, 1563, 1640, 1636, 1713, 1674, 1712, 1714, 1666 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Merrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Merrick Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Merrick Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Rowland Meyrick (1505-1566), born at Bodargan in the parish of Llangadwaladr, Anglesey, a Welsh bishop of Bangor; John Meyrick (or Merick, Mericke, or Merrick), M.A. (1538-1599), an Anglican clergyman who served in the Church of England as the Bishop of Sodor...

Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Merrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Merrick In Ireland


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Merrick In Ireland



Some of the Merrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 61 words (4 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



The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Merrick:

Merrick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Merrick, aged 10, arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Henry Merrick, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Merrick, who landed in Massachusetts in 1636
  • Henry Merrick, who arrived in New England in 1638
  • Howel Merrick, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Merrick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rachel Merrick, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1713
  • Griffith Merrick, who came to Virginia in 1744
  • Thomas Merrick, who settled in Baltimore in 1775

Merrick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • S D Merrick, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Merrick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. William Merrick U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Merrick Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Merrick arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Joseph Merrick arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Richard Merrick arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Merrick (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Merrick (post 1700)



  • John Sampson Merrick (b. 1982), American PGA golfer
  • Ed Merrick, American Football coach for University of Richmond Spiders
  • Lynn Merrick (1919-2007), born Marilyn Llewelling, American actress
  • Jerry Merrick, American singer-songwriter
  • William Gordon Merrick (1916-1988), American gay writer and actor
  • David Merrick (1911-2000), American Tony Award-winning theatre producer
  • Dave Merrick (b. 1952), American oil painter
  • George E. Merrick (1886-1942), American real estate developer of Coral Gables, Florida
  • Gideon M. Merrick, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Willington, 1830, 1832, 1838
  • Marilyn Merrick, American Democrat politician, Chair of St. Clair County Democratic Party, 2003-07
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Merrick


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Suggested Readings for the name Merrick



  • Myrick Family History by Victor R. Myrick.

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Merrick Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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