Meyrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Celtic name Meyrick 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 Meyrick is ultimately derived from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means "dark." [1] In Britain, Maurice was the learned form of the name, while Morice was the common form.

Early Origins of the Meyrick family

The surname Meyrick 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 Meyrick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meyrick research. Another 158 words (11 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 Meyrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meyrick Spelling Variations

The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Meyrick have included Merrick, Merick, Meyrick, Meynik and others.

Early Notables of the Meyrick 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; Rowland Meyrick (1505-1566), born at Bodargan in the parish of Llangadwaladr, Anglesey, a Welsh bishop of Bangor; John Meyrick (or Merick, Mericke, or Merrick), M.A. (1538-1599), an Anglican clergyman who served in the Church of England...
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Ireland Migration of the Meyrick family to Ireland

Some of the Meyrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Meyrick migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Meyrick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Meyrick migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Meyrick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Meyrick, aged Frederick, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Caroline Meyrick, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • James Meyrick, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • George Meyrick, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Eliza Meyrick, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857

Contemporary Notables of the name Meyrick (post 1700) +

  • Sir David John Charlton Meyrick (1926-2004), 4th Baronet of Bush House, Apley Castle, Shropshire, Welsh peer
  • Admiral Sir Sidney Julius Meyrick KCB (1879-1973), British Royal Navy officer, Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station (1937-1940), Naval Secretary (1932–1934)
  • Kate Meyrick (1875-1933), Irish nightclub owner in 1920s London; she co-owned 43 Club at 43 Gerrard Street, Soho, London and died from influenza, three of her daughters married into the British nobility
  • Edward Meyrick Goulburn (1818-1897), English churchman from London, Dean of Norwich in 1866
  • William Meyrick (1808-1846), English cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1828 to 1837
  • Samuel Rush Meyrick (1783-1848), English arms and armour collector, he discovered the Meyrick helmet, an Iron Age bronze peaked helmet, one of only three Iron Age helmets
  • The Very Rev Cyril Jonathan Meyrick (b. 1952), English cleric, Dean of Exeter (2011-)
  • Sir Timothy Thomas Charlton Meyrick (b. 1963), 5th Baronet of Bush House, Apley Castle, Shropshire, Welsh peer
  • Sir Thomas Charlton Meyrick (1837-1921), 1st Baronet of Bush House, Apley Castle, Shropshire, Welsh peer
  • Sir Thomas Frederick Meyrick (1899-1983), 3rd Baronet of Bush House, Apley Castle, Shropshire, Welsh peer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SALACIA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Salacia.gif
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851


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