Merrys History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Merrys is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Merrys 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.

Early Origins of the Merrys family

The surname Merrys 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]

Important Dates for the Merrys family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merrys research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1682 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Merrys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Merrys Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Merrys has been recorded under many different variations, including Merry, Mirrey, Merrie, Mirrie and others.

Early Notables of the Merrys family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Merrys family to Ireland

Some of the Merrys 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 Merrys family

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Merryss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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