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Merrill Family HistoryRecorded in a wide variety of spelling forms including Muriel, Murrell, Murrells, Murrill, Merrell, Meriel, Merrill, Merrall, Merill, Mirralls, and the Welsh Meriel and Meryly as well as others, this is usually a surname of Scandanavian Viking, English, French-Breton or Irish origins. If the latter it derives from the ancient Gaelic 'Muirgheal' of the pre 10th century, and translating as 'Sea-bright', although it is also claimed that as Mureil it was a Breton name brought to England by the Norman-French invaders of 1066. Certainly many of Duke William of Normandy's supporters were of Breton origin with strong associations with the Celtic-Gaelic communities of Wales, Cornwall and Ireland, with whom they shared a common heritage from ancient times...
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