Marriott Surname Genealogy

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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Marriott Ancestry

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

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
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

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
    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

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
“an English gentleman of eccentric habits, much shrewdness and
enterprise, and entire originality.”  He was an early aviation
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
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
in 1910 in what is now the Mount Field national
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

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Marriott Names

John Marriot was a prominent London publisher of the early 17th
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
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)




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