Delighted to see that we have the new added forum for the spelling of MEYRICK as I think that we may have been missing making a few connections with our cousins of the variety of spellings.
My personal descent from this lineage is through the MYRICK spelling out of 1600's Virginia we believe through North Carolina into South Carolina then into Alabama and then Mississippi with my father's family group into Louisiana and then some of us into Texas.
This lineage is from the Welsh family group that descends from a man named Meurig ap Llewellyn out of Bordorgan, Anglesey, Wales who was descend from ancient royal lineage of Wales and the English Tudor/Tydyr royal house and he was the Sheriff of Bordorgan and cousin of King Henry, VIII for whom Meurig was also the person guard for the coronation of King Henry, VIII.
Meurig ap Llewellyn was the first in his family to use a surname per the edict of King Henry, VIII.Up until that time the citizenry of Wales did not use surnames but had names such as Meurig ap Llewellyn with the "ap" meaning "son of," (sometimes seen as "ab,") and for women it was such as the name of Margaret verch Rowland, (sometimes seen spellend as vrych and ferch/frych.And "verch/vrych, etc." meaning "daughter of."So, it would be Meurig "son of" Llewellyn or Margaret "daughter of" Rowland.
The original spelling was M-E-U-R-I-G which was sometimes seen spelled as M-E-U-R-I-C and then that name became Anglicized into M-E-Y-R-I-C-K and later more Anglicized into the spelling of M-E-R-R-I-C-K and then as they hit the shores of America in the early 1600's the spelling of the one my family uses of M-Y-R-I-C-K emerged and is sometimes seen as M-I-R-I=C=K.Of course, I have seen many other spellings as well.
While there are different lines of MEURIG-MEURIC-MEYRICK-MERRICK-MYRICK out of Wales they are not all closely blood related and not all descended from the same royal lineage of Meurig ap Llewellyn and his ancestors and descendants.At the same time that Meurig ap Llewellyn chose his given name which had been used for centuries by many of his royal ancestors and their kinsmen there were also others living in Wales at the time that were not of the royal line that also had been given the 'given' name of Meurig that also descided to use it as the family's surname for the future as well.And, in addition, the information that I have indicates that the 'non-royal' lines of MEURIG/MEYRICKs did not immigrate from Wales into America until in the 1700's.There were also then other immigrations that began taking place as well from other countries such as Ireland and Eastern Europe that had individuals of the name MYRICK and other variants on spellings such as MIRACK, etc..Some of these are descended from the original Welsh MEURIG lines and some are not but just resemble it in spelling.
The spelling of MEYRICK, for the most part, seems to have stayed in Wales and England.The spelling of MERRICK was used considerably in England as well and then used extensively by the family in New England as well as some using the spelling of MYRICK and in the South of America in this early group in the early 1600's the spelling began as MERRICK and quickly changed to primarily to MYRICK but also some of the other.
More info can be found on the other forums for MERRICK and MYRICK, etc..
Bellinda Myrick - Barnett MYRICK-L@rootsweb.com List Administrator