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Merry is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Merry family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Merry family lived in Norfolk. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Meret, Normandy.

Merry Early Origins



The surname Merry 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Merry Spelling Variations


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Merry Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Merry have been found, including Merry, Mirrey, Merrie, Mirrie and others.

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Merry Early History


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Merry Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merry research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1682 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Merry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Merry Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Merry Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Merry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Merry In Ireland


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Merry In Ireland



Some of the Merry 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Merry were among those contributors:

Merry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Merry, aged 28, landed in St Christopher in 1633
  • Walter Merry, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Isaac Merry, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • John Merry moved to Virginia in 1643
  • Thomas Merry settled in Virginia in 1654
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Merry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jane Merry, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Francis Merry, who landed in South Carolina in 1721

Merry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Merry, aged 31, arrived in Missouri in 1846
  • Eliza Merry, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1849
  • J Merry, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Felix, Joseph and Michael Merry all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Merry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Merry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Edmund Merry, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Merry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Merry, Scottish convict from Cumberland, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844

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Contemporary Notables of the name Merry (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Merry (post 1700)



  • James R. Merry (1927-2001), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1981-1996)
  • Katharine Merry (b. 1974), English bronze medalist sprinter at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Mustafa Merry (b. 1958), Moroccan former professional footballer at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • James Merry (1805-1877), Scottish ironmaster, race-horse breeder and politician, Member of Parliament for Falkirk Burghs in 1859 and from 1859 to 1874
  • James Merry (b. 1982), British actor, best known for his appearances in the British daytime soap opera Doctors
  • James Augustus "Gus" Merry (1888-1943), Welsh international rugby hooker
  • Cyril Arthur Merry (1911-1964), Trinidad and Tobago-born cricketer who played for Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies
  • Anthony Merry (1756-1835), British diplomat, Britain's representative to the United States from 1803 to 1806
  • Abdelkrim Merry (b. 1955), nicknamed "Krimau", a Moroccan former professional footballer

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. 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).
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The Merry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Merry 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.

This page was last modified on 30 September 2016 at 09:27.

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