Early Origins of the Merrlees family
The surname Merrlees was first found in West Lothian
, where they held a family seat
in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland
. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. The family name became associated as a sept of the Clan
Muir. Allegiances were important to Scottish middle age survival. The name, believed to be originally Mureleis, has been corrupted in many forms.
Early History of the Merrlees family
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Merrlees Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Mureleis, Merilees, Merryless, Merrilees, Mireylees, Mirrieless, Merrylees, Merrlees, Murless, Mirrilees and many more.
Early Notables of the Merrlees family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Merrlees family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..