This name derives from the female personal name Margaret, and though connected with the Greek word "Margaretes" meaning "pearl" is ultimately from the Persian meaning "child of light". One, Henry filius (son of) Margaret was recorded in the 1273 "Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire". The surname appears in that year also, (see below). One, Hugh Margarete appears in "the Hundred Rolls of Buckinghamshire" and a John Margett in the "Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk", dated 1524. On May 13th 1583 John Margatt and Annys Stannedeg were married in Sunbury on Thames, London and on January 29th 1615 Elizabeth Margretts married a Robert Jennison in St. James Church, Clerkenwell. Sarah Marg(a)rett, an infant was christened in St. Anne's Soho, Westminster, on July 18th 1700. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Margaret, which was dated 1273, in the Hundred Rolls of Suffolk, during the reign of King Edward l, known as the Hammer of the Scots, 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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