Myrick last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Myrick is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Myrick.

Meaning of Myrick

Derived from a place name meaning "pleasant stream" in Old English or from a personal name meaning "dark" in Old Welsh.

Myrick, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Myrick surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Myrick in America

Myrick is the 2720th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Myrick surname appeared 13,236 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 people would have the surname Myrick.

We can also compare 2010 data for Myrick to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 2720 2576 5.44%
Count 13,236 12,896 2.60%
Proportion per 100k 4.49 4.78 -6.26%

The history of the last name Myrick

The surname Myrick has its origins in the Old English language and is believed to have derived from the personal name "Myrig" or "Meric." This name was derived from the Old English words "miere," meaning "marsh," and "ric," meaning "powerful" or "rich." The name likely referred to a person who lived near a marsh or owned land around a marshy area.

Myrick is an English surname that originated in the counties of Somerset and Devon in the southwest of England. Some of the earliest recorded instances of the name can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as "Meric" and "Mericc."

In the 13th century, the surname appeared in various forms, such as "Meryck," "Merrick," and "Merryke." These variations were likely due to regional dialects and spelling practices of the time. The spelling "Myrick" became more standardized in the 16th and 17th centuries.

One of the earliest recorded individuals with the surname Myrick was John Myrick, who was mentioned in the Pipe Rolls of Somerset in 1230. Another early record is of William Myrick, who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Devon in 1327.

In the 16th century, a prominent individual with this surname was Sir Thomas Myrick (c. 1550-1625), an English politician and landowner from Somerset. He served as a Member of Parliament and was knighted by King James I in 1616.

During the 17th century, Samuel Myrick (1617-1672) was a Puritan minister in Massachusetts Bay Colony. He arrived in America in 1636 and served as the minister of the church in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

In the 18th century, Jared Myrick (1720-1808) was a Revolutionary War soldier from Connecticut who fought in several battles, including the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775.

In the 19th century, Herbert Myrick (1834-1892) was an American author and journalist who wrote for various publications, including the New York Tribune and the Boston Traveller.

Throughout history, the Myrick surname has been associated with various place names, such as Myrick in Somerset, Myrick's Batch in Devon, and Myrick's Mill in Virginia. These place names likely originated from individuals with the Myrick surname who owned land or established settlements in those areas.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Myrick

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Myrick.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Myrick was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 63.71% 8,433
Non-Hispanic Black Only 30.22% 4,000
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.42% 56
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.81% 107
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 2.19% 290
Hispanic Origin 2.65% 351

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Myrick has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 63.71% 66.24% -3.89%
Black 30.22% 29.61% 2.04%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.42% 0.32% 27.03%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.81% 0.81% 0.00%
Two or More Races 2.19% 1.55% 34.22%
Hispanic 2.65% 1.47% 57.28%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Myrick was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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