The Merrydydd surname comes from the Welsh personal name
Meredydd or Maredudd. The Old Welsh
form of the name is Morgetiud; experts state that the first portion of this name may mean pomp or splendor, while the second portion is "udd," which means "lord."
Early Origins of the Merrydydd family
The surname Merrydydd was first found in Denbighshire
(Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales
created by the Laws in Wales
Act 1536, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Merrydydd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merrydydd research.Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1589, 1679, 1656, 1659, 1666, 1701, 1701, 1529, 1600, 1558 and 1559 are included under the topic Early Merrydydd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Merrydydd Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales
, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Merrydydd have included Meredith, Meradith, Meredeth, Meridith and others.
Early Notables of the Merrydydd family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Richard Meredith (sometimes Meredyth) (died 1597), Church of Ireland
Bishop of Leighlin from 1589 until his death; Sir William Meredith, 1st Baronet
of Leeds Abbey, Kent; Sir Richard Meredith, 2nd Baronet
(died 1679), an English politician who sat in the... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Merrydydd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Merrydydd family to Ireland
Some of the Merrydydd family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 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 Merrydydd family to the New World and Oceana
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh
people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Merrydydd: Elizabeth Meredith who settled in New England
in 1654; Phillip Meredith who settled in Virginia in 1635; Robert Meredith who settled in Virginia in 1663.
The Merrydydd Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Heb Dduw heb ddim, a Duw a digon
Motto Translation: Without God there is nothing.