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Where did the Myrick coat of arms come from? When did the Myrick family first arrive in the United States?

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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Merrick, Merick, Meyrick, Meynik and others.

First found in Anglesey , where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry Merrick, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Francis Merrick, who settled in Virginia in 1654; John Merrick, who arrived in the Barbados in 1680 with his servants.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Myrick
  • Sue Wilkins Myrick (b. 1941), North Carolina congresswoman
  • Bismarck Myrick (1899-2002), former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia
  • Daniel Myrick (b. 1962), American film director
  • Gary Myrick, American singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • Willie Spencer Myrick (1918-1991), American politician, Louisiana State Senator from West Carroll Parish (1964-1968)
  • Don Myrick (1940-1993), American saxophonist, known for his work with Phil Collins, former member of Earth Wind & Fire
  • Billie E. "Bill" Myrick (1926-2011), American Country musician
  • Julian Southall Myrick (1880-1969), American insurance salesman and promoter of tennis, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1969 for his contribution to the sport
  • Bellinda Myrick (b. 1948), American singer, actress and author

Learn More About Welsh Surnames



Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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