Merry Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Merry Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Merry

The origin of the name Merry was found in the archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Merry
include Merrie, Marry, Marrie, Merriman, Maryman, Merrimen, Marrimen, Marmon, Marmion and many others. This name is usually of nickname derivation and was given to a person of a cheerful disposition but can also describe a person who was honest and trusted. This name is often of English origin and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. An Adam Muryman was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of the County of Staffordshire in the year 1332. A Robert Merye was recorded in the County Sussex Rolls in the year 1273. A Gilbert le Mirie was recorded in the Danelaw Records for the County of Leicester in the year 1200. In Ireland the name Merry is an anglicized form of the O'Mearadhaigh sept name and is most associated with Counties Tipperary and Waterford. The name Holohan is also used as a synonym of the name Merry in the Kilkenny area.
The Merry coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Merry descendants.
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