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Male personal names generally provided the base for patronymic and pet-name surnames.  But there were exceptions.  Mary was not a common medieval name (although of course there was the Virgin Mary).  It is thought that the pet-name Marriot emerged from Mary as a surname.  

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England.  The Marriott name was mainly to be found in the Midlands counties of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.  It cropped up most frequently in the records of Mansfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield.  There were also early references in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. 

Marriott appeared in Leicestershire villages such as Long Clawson by Melton Mowbray (from whence came early immigrants to America) and in nearby Langar and Colston Bassett.  Marriotts have been living at Cotesbach Hall in Leicestershire since the 1760's. 

Then there is a Marriott family in Yorkshire which traces itself back to the late 17th century to Dewsbury. These Marriotts were first yeomen farmers and, later in Batley, wool merchants.

Marriotts in London in the 17th century included:
  • John Marriot and his son Richard, publishers and booksellers on Fleet Street
  • Ben Marriot, a lawyer with a prodigious appetite
  • and John and Erasmus Marriott, apprentice clockmakers.
James Marriott came into the manor of Horsmonden in Kent in the 1720's through marriage.  Thomas Marriott, who helped to develop the Montpelier estate in London in the 19th century, came from the Marriotts of Sturston Hall in Suffolk.

John de Maryat, a Huguenot officer, was said to have "had the honor of dancing in a masque before the Virgin Queen at Trinity College, Cambridge."  He later settled in Suffolk.  His line included Thomas Marryat, a somewhat eccentric 18th century physician, and Joseph Marryat who became an MP and a British agent for the West Indies in the early 19th century.  His son Frederick made his name as a writer of sea stories, his grandson Frank wrote some travel books before dying young of yellow fever.

Marriott emigrants from England during the 19th century included:
  • James Marriott, the London theatrical impresario who set up his stall in Wellington, New Zealand in the 1840's.  He was the father of the actress Alice Marriott.
  • Frederick Marriott from Somerset who set out for San Francisco in 1849 in search of gold
  • and William Marriott, the Manchester lawyer and politician who later emigrated to South Africa.
America.   The Marriott name is not that common in America.  It first surfaced in the 1650's with Major William Marriott in Surry county, Virginia and then in the early 1700's with Augustine Marriott in Anne Arundel county, Maryland.  Quaker Marriotts from Northamptonshire settled in New Jersey in the 1680's. 

The Marriott name appeared most prominently in the 19th century in North Carolina (Nash County), Ohio (near Cincinnati), and in Utah.  Some of the Marriotts in America became Merritts.

Marriotts West.  Frederick Marriott had arrived in San Francisco from London in 1849 in search of gold.  He didn't find much but he stayed and did much to enliven the growing city.  A local newspaper described him in 1874 as "an English gentleman of eccentric habits, much shrewdness and enterprise, and entire originality."  He was an early aviation pioneer, a newspaper publisher, and the first to instal a telephone in San Francisco.  His son took over the San Francisco News Letter and survived a murder attempt by one disgruntled reader in 1902.

John Marriott who reached from Northampton in the 1850's was one of the pioneers of the Mormon church in Utah.  His son Hyrum ended up scratching out a bare living as a sheep farmer near Ogden. 

So Hyrum's son J. Williard Marriott, the second of six children, set off for Washington DC in 1927 to try to better himself.  He opened a root beer stall there with his wife Alice.  This business expanded into a restaurant chain and, later, into Marriott hotels.  His son J.W. Marriott, like his father a Mormon, is the present CEO of this giant international hotel chain.

Australia.  Marriotts figured prominently in the early history of Tasmania.  Fitzherbert Marriott was an Anglican priest who arrived in Hobart in 1843 and was soon appointed archdeacon there.  He didn't stay, however. 

Three Marriott brothers who came in the 1870's took to the backwoods and hacked their way through the thick forest of the Tyenna valley to become farmers and landowners there.  Son Charles built Marriott's Guesthouse in 1910 in what is now the Mount Field national park.  Finally, Frank Marriott arrived from London in 1903.  Despite being blinded in the trenches during World War One, he returned to Tasmania and entered politics, serving the Darwin district from 1922 to 1941.           

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John Marriot
was a prominent London publisher of the early 17th century.
James Marriott was an 18th century judge and politician and a friend of the poet Thomas Gray.
Captain Frederick Marryat, a contemporary of Dickens, was a pioneer of the sea story.  He is best known today for his children's story The Children of the New Forest.
Alice Marriott was a well-known actress on the London stage in the mid 19th century.
Frederick Marriott was an early aviation pioneer in California who might even have come up with the word "aeroplane."
J. Willard Marriott was the founder of the Marriott international hotel chain.
Steve Marriott was the mod face of the English rock group Small Faces in the late 1960's.

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  • 17,000 in the UK (most numerous in Derbyshire)
  • 2,000 in America (most numerous in Missouri)
  • 5,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)

PS.  You might want to check out the surnames page on this website.  It covers surname genealogy in this and companion websites for more than 800 surnames.

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