The ancestors of the Meyrill family first reached the shores of England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Their name is derived from the personal name
Muriel, which is composed of the Celtic elements muir,
which means sea,
which means bright.
This personal name was extremely common during the Middle Ages in Continental Europe. It was introduced to England
by the Breton
settlers who accompanied Norman the Conqueror. In Northern England
, the name was also imported by the Norsemen from Ireland
and in Western England
the name developed as a result of Welsh
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Meyrill family
The surname Meyrill was first found in Lancashire
where one of the first records of the name was Ougrim filius
Miriel who was listed there in the Pipe Rolls
of 1188. A few years later, Mirielis, Muriella de Stokes was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Buckinghamshire
in 1203 and later Johannes filius Miriald was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Yorkshire
in 1208. Continuing in Lancashire
, Godric Miriild, Mirild, Mirield was listed in the Pipe Rolls
(1184-1188) and Robert, Richard Muriel was listed in the Pipe Rolls
of 1195. By this time some of the family was found in Suffolk
where John Myrel was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1327, Richard Meryel and Walter Merel was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
of 1381. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list: Matilda Miriel in Cambridgeshire; Henry filius Mirield in Lincolnshire; Robert filius Muriel in Huntingdonshire; Thomas filius Muriel in Shropshire; and Richard Miriel in Norfolk
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 Meyrill family
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Meyrill Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Merrill, Meyrill, Merell, Merells, Meyrell and many more.
Early Notables of the Meyrill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Meyrill family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Meyrill or a variant listed above: John Merrill, who settled in Boston Mass in 1630; Peirce Merrill settled in Virginia in 1655; John Merrill settled in Barbados in 1663; Moses Merrill settled in Boston in 1822..