Mirrey is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Mirrey family lived in Norfolk
. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Meret, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Mirrey family
The surname Mirrey 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Mirrey family
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Mirrey Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mirrey family name include Merry, Mirrey, Merrie, Mirrie and others.
Early Notables of the Mirrey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mirrey family to Ireland
Some of the Mirrey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 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 Mirrey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Mirrey family to immigrate 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.