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This project is for people interested in the surname of Merry including the variants listed below. Merrys of Scottish origin may also consider joining the Murray DNA project as there may have been some instances where a change of spelling has occurred. This project is restricted to participants who have embarked on yDNA testing as it is the yDNA which is related to surnames and inherited through the male line. Males with different surnames, but who may have inherited Merry or variant yDNA through non-paternal events (adoption, illegitimacy, etc.), are also welcome. It has been set up to complement the Merry One-Name Study established up through the Guild of One-Name Studies (see the Guild web site This web site gives a more complete background of the Merry and variant surnames. The surname is thought to be mainly British (in the broad geographical sense), though there have been Merry surnames recorded in France from at least the 17th Century and at the present time is mostly found in English speaking countries. Early spellings vary but include Myrry, Myrrye, Mery, Merye and similar forms, but have standarised by the 19th C to the surnames Merry, Merrey and, rarely, Marrie.