Merrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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." [1] In Britain, Maurice was the learned form of the name, while Morice was the common form.

Early Origins of the Merrick family

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. The family was traditionally understood to be descended from Mrien, Lord of Rheged, through Cadaval Ynad, a Judge of Powys, who lived about 1190.

The senior branch of the line settled in Anglesey where Samuel Cadaval was Lord of Cydywain. His son, Tudor ap Madoc, married the daughter of the Prince of North Wales. Einiawn Ap David, his successor was Usher at the Palace of Sheen.

Important Dates for the Merrick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merrick research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1588, 1558, 1582, 1610, 1485, 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Merrick family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Llewelyn ap Meyrick who fought at the Bbattle of Bosworth on August 22, 1485 for Henry Tudor; and his son, Meurig ap Llewelyn, who became captain of the bodyguard for Henry VIII, he was granted the Crown Lease of Aberffraw manor; 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...
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Migration of the Merrick family to Ireland

Some of the Merrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Merrick migration to the United States

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, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1630 [2]
  • Henry Merrick, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Merrick, who landed in Massachusetts in 1636 [2]
  • Henry Merrick, who arrived in New England in 1638 [2]
  • Howel Merrick, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [2]
  • ... (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 [2]
  • Griffith Merrick, who settled in 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 [2]

Merrick migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Merrick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Merrick U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]
Merrick Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Merrick, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Joseph Merrick, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Richard Merrick, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Mr. Anthony Merrick, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sisters" departing 22nd April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 20th June 1847 but he died on board [4]
  • Miss. Bridget Merrick, aged 4 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sisters" departing 22nd April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 20th June 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Merrick migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Merrick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Emily Merrick, (b. 1836), aged 30, Cornish housekeeper from Penzance, Cornwall, UK departing from Liverpool on 26th March 1866 aboard the ship "Star of India" arriving in Hobsons Bay, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 16th July 1866 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Merrick (post 1700)

  • William Matthew Merrick (1818-1889), American Democrat politician, Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1854-63; Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1870 [6]
  • William Duhurst Merrick (1793-1857), American politician, Delegate to Maryland State Constitutional Convention, 1850 [6]
  • Wayne R. Merrick, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 24th District, 1970 [6]
  • Warren R. Merrick, American politician, Mayor of Marquette, Michigan, 1978 [6]
  • Walter T. Merrick, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Tioga County, 1893-96; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 25th District, 1897-1900 [6]
  • Timothy C. Merrick, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 45th District, 2006 [6]
  • Thomas D. Merrick, American politician, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, 1854 [6]
  • Thomas B. III Merrick, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1956, 1960 [6]
  • Sherry Merrick, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 2008; Presidential Elector for Vermont, 2012 [6]
  • Richard O. Merrick, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 11th District, 1935 [6]
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Merrick family

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Vincent Merrick (d. 1945), British Marine aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [7]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Thomas Merrick, British Seaman with the Royal Navy Reserve aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 89)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  8. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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