When Samuel Merriman was born in 1794, in Maisemore, Gloucestershire, England, his father, Anthony Merriman, was 37 and his mother, Elizabeth Biscoe, was 25. He married Maria Bick on 17 November 1817, in Hartpury, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He died before 5 April 1877, in Hartpury, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 83, and was buried in Hartpury, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom.
nickname from Middle English mirie, merie, murie ‘merry, pleasant’ + man ‘man’. Compare Merry 1. This surname is established in Ireland (perhaps as an Anglicized form of an unidentified Gaelic name; compare Marmion ) as well as England.
there has probably been some confusion with Marriman, probably an occupational name meaning ‘servant of Mary’, from the female personal name Mary (see Marie ) + Middle English man in the sense ‘servant’, or perhaps a pet form of Mary using the hypocoristic suffix -man. The surname Marriman is now vanishingly rare in Britain and Ireland.
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