The ancestors of the Celtic name Merryke came from the rugged landscape of Wales
. This old, proud name derives from the personal name
Meuric, which is the Welsh
form of Maurice. The surname Merryke is ultimately derived from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means "dark." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
In Britain, Maurice was the learned form of the name, while Morice was the common form.
Early Origins of the Merryke family
The surname Merryke was first found in Anglesey
(Welsh: Ynys Môn), a Welsh-speaking island, and present day County of Isle of Anglesey
, located at the northwestern extremity of Wales
. The family was traditionally understood to be descended from Mrien, Lord of Rheged, through Cadaval Ynad, a Judge of Powys
, who lived about 1190.
The senior branch of the line settled in Anglesey where Samuel Cadaval was Lord of Cydywain. His son, Tudor ap Madoc, married the daughter of the Prince of North Wales. Einiawn Ap David, his successor was Usher at the Palace of Sheen.
Early History of the Merryke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merryke research.Another 282 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1588, 1558, 1582, 1610, 1485, 1505, 1566, 1538, 1599, 1576, 1599, 1556, 1601, 1563, 1640, 1636, 1713, 1674, 1712, 1714, 1666 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Merryke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Merryke Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Merryke name over the years has been spelled Merrick, Merick, Meyrick, Meynik and others.
Early Notables of the Merryke family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Llewelyn ap Meyrick who fought at the Bbattle of Bosworth on August 22, 1485 for Henry Tudor; and his son, Meurig ap Llewelyn, who became captain of the bodyguard for Henry VIII, he was granted the Crown Lease of Aberffraw manor... Another 122 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Merryke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Merryke family to Ireland
Some of the Merryke family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 150 words (11 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 Merryke family to the New World and Oceana
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Merryke: Henry Merrick, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Francis Merrick, who settled in Virginia in 1654; John Merrick, who arrived in Barbados in 1680 with his servants.