Show ContentsMyrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Celtic name Myrick 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 Myrick 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 Myrick family

The surname Myrick 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 Myrick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Myrick research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1485, 1505, 1538, 1556, 1558, 1563, 1566, 1576, 1582, 1588, 1599, 1601, 1610, 1636, 1640, 1660, 1666, 1674, 1712, 1713 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Myrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Myrick 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 Myrick have included Merrick, Merick, Meyrick, Meynik and others.

Early Notables of the Myrick family

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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Myrick Ranking

In the United States, the name Myrick is the 1,838th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. 2

Ireland Migration of the Myrick family to Ireland

Some of the Myrick 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.

United States Myrick migration to the United States +

North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Myrick:

Myrick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Myrick, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1636 3
Myrick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Myrick, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 3
  • Christopher M Myrick, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Myrick (post 1700) +

  • Bellinda Myrick (b. 1948), American singer, actress and author
  • 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
  • Billie E. "Bill" Myrick (1926-2011), American Country musician
  • Don Myrick (1940-1993), American saxophonist, known for his work with Phil Collins, former member of Earth Wind & Fire
  • Willie Spencer Myrick (1918-1991), American politician, Louisiana State Senator from West Carroll Parish (1964-1968)
  • Gary Myrick, American singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • Daniel Myrick (b. 1962), American film director
  • Bismarck Myrick (1899-2002), former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia
  • Sue Wilkins Myrick (b. 1941), North Carolina congresswoman
  • Lot Myrick Morrill (1813-1883), American politician, Governor of Maine, Secretary of the Treasury

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook