Today's generation of the Merrye family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Merrye 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 Merrye family
The surname Merrye 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 Merrye family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merrye research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1682 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Merrye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Merrye Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Merrye include Merry, Mirrey, Merrie, Mirrie and others.
Early Notables of the Merrye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Merrye family to Ireland
Some of the Merrye 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 Merrye family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Merryes to arrive on North American shores: 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.