The name ‘Merritt’ originates from England. It is a variant of the name ‘Merriot’, derived from habitation name from a place in Somerset, so called from the Old English word ‘(ge) moere’ meaning boundary or ‘miere’ meaning mare and ‘geat’ meaning gate. It is also a variant of ‘Marriott’ and ‘Marryat’, as a result of hypercorrection. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Merritt’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 18th century were a ‘Robert Merritt’, is recorded as marrying ‘Jane Blackhouse’ at St George’s Chapel, Mayfair, London, England, in 1753. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Thomas Merritt’, from the county of Cornwall, England. He is believed to have been the first of this family in America. He immigrated to North America in 1660, settling in Delaware before returning to Eng…
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