Spelling variations of this family name include: Marriott, Mariott, Marriot, Marritt, Marrot, Marrotte, Mariatt, Maryet, Maryott, Marryatt, Mariate, Merritt, Merriott and many more.
First found in Leicestershire where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Marriott settled in Jamaica in 1679; Samuel Marriott settled in Virginia in 1774; Henry Marriot settled in Virginia in 1646; Edward Marriott settled in Annapolis in 1758.
(Above is a small excerpt from our 1800 word history)
Suggested Readings for the name Merritt
Burris Ancestors by Arthur Price Burris, Historical Perspective of Charles Merritt, ca. 1652-1718 by King Merritt.
Some noteworthy people of the name Merritt
* Jeralyn Elise Merritt (b. 1949), an American criminal defense attorney
* Stephin Merritt (b. 1966), an American singer-songwriter
* Wesley Merritt (1834-1910), a general in the U.S. Army during the American Civil War
* Lieutenant Colonel Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt (1908-2000), Canadian soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII
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