Early Origins of the Merwithay family
The surname Merwithay was first found in Kent
at Mereworth, a parish, in the union of Malling, hundred
of Littlefield, lathe of Aylesford. This ancient Saxon village dates back to 843 when it was first listed as Meranworth. By the time of the Domesday Book
of 1086, the parish was known as Marovrde. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Literally the place name means "enclosure of a man called Maera" from the Old English personal name
+ "worth." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The name is often referred to as a nickname
for someone who is a happy, genial or a sunshiny fellow. Some of the first listings of the name were found in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273: Andrew Muriweder in Oxfordshire; and Thomas Murweder in Cambridgeshire
. There is also an undated listing of Henry Muriweder in the Issues of the Exchequer. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Merwithay family
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Merwithay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Merriweather, Merreweather, Mereweather, Mereworth, Merworth and many more.
Early Notables of the Merwithay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Merwithay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jane Merewether settled in Virginia in 1654 with her husband; John Merriweather arrived in Barbados in 1654; John Merriwether settled in Virginia in 1663.
The Merwithay 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: Vi et consilio
Motto Translation: By force and counsels.