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The name Merritt arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Merritt 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)


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The surname Merritt 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)

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Marriott, Mariott, Marriot, Marritt, Marrot, Marrotte, Mariatt, Maryet, Maryott, Marryatt, Mariate, Merritt, Merriott and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merritt 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 Merritt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Merritt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Merritt 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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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Merritt or a variant listed above:

Merritt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Merritt, who arrived in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1648
  • Henry Merritt, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • George Merritt, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Thomas Merritt, who arrived in Connecticut in 1662
  • Ruth Merritt, who arrived in Maryland in 1677
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Merritt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Merritt, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Margery Merritt, who arrived in Virginia in 1722
  • Vinson Merritt, who landed in Virginia in 1724

Merritt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Merritt, aged 21, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • David Merritt, aged 38, landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • Robert Merritt, who landed in New York in 1831
  • William F Merritt, who arrived in New York in 1842
  • Isaac Merritt, aged 33, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847

Merritt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Thomas Merritt Sr., U.E. (B. 1729) born in New York, USA from Long Island, New York, USA who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1783 he arrived aboard the ship "Montague", married to Amy Purdy having 7 children, he died in 1821 [7]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
  • Mr. Robert Merritt U.E. (b. 1731) born in New York, USA from Westchester County, New York, USA who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 married to Elizabeth Robinson having 6 children, he became a Freeman in 1785, he died in 1802 [8]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
  • Mr. Caleb Merritt U.E. (b. 1763) born in New York, USA who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1821 [9]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
  • Mr. Joseph Merritt U.E. (b. 1742) born in North Castle, New York, USA from Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York, USA who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Ontario c. 1784 married to Mary (Polly) Parker having 11 children, he died in 1813 [10]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
  • Mr. Nathaniel Merritt U.E. who settled in St. John River, New Brunswick c. 1784 [11]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
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Merritt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Merritt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
  • Eliza Merritt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
  • John Merritt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839
  • Elizabeth Merritt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839
  • Francis Merritt, aged 27, a mason, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"
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Merritt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas J. Merritt, aged 21, a miller, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Thomas E. Merritt, aged 37, a mechanic, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Charlotte Merritt, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Martha Merritt, aged 58, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
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  • Catherine Tift Merritt (b. 1975), American singer-songwriter
  • Gilbert Stroud Merritt Jr. (b. 1936), American lawyer and jurist, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1997-2001)
  • Chris Merritt (b. 1952), American opera singer from Oklahoma City
  • Abraham Grace Merritt (1884-1943), American editor and author
  • Wesley Merritt (1836-1910), United States Army general in the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War
  • Stephin Merritt (b. 1966), American singer-songwriter
  • H. Houston Merritt (1902-1979), American dean of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons from 1958 to 1970
  • Maxwell James "Max" Merritt (b. 1941), New Zealand-born singer-songwriter and guitarist from Christchurch, inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame
  • Nathan Merritt (b. 1983), Australian professional rugby league footballer from Sydney, New South Wales
  • Max Merritt (b. 1941), Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
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  • Burris Ancestors by Arthur Price Burris.
  • Historical Perspective of Charles Merritt, ca. 1652-1718 by King Merritt.
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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. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ 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. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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