The name Merrisson was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Merrisson 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 Merrisson family
The surname Merrisson 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 Merrisson family
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Merrisson Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Merry, Mirrey, Merrie, Mirrie and others.
Early Notables of the Merrisson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Merrisson family to Ireland
Some of the Merrisson 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 Merrisson family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Merrisson 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.