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Where did the English Marsh family come from? What is the English Marsh family crest and coat of arms? When did the Marsh family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Marsh family history?

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Marsh family name to the British Isles. They lived on the border between two territories, such as the Marches between England and Wales or on the English Scottish borders. The name may also have emerged as a nickname for someone born in the month of March.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Marsh, Marsch, Marshe and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marsh research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1638, 1713, 1683, 1691, 1691, 1694, 1694, 1703, 1703, 1713, 1626, 1693, 1682, 1693, 1667, 1673, 1673, 1782, 1667 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Marsh History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marsh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Marsh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 95 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Marsh or a variant listed above:

Marsh Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Marsh, who settled in Virginia with Joseph in 1635
  • Lewis Marsh, who settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Francis Marsh, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Lewis Marsh, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Margaret Marsh, who arrived in Maryland in 1648

Marsh Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Alphouse Marsh, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Nicho Marsh, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Henry Marsh, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Edward Marsh, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Mary Marsh, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Marsh Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Marsh, aged 65, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Stephen Marsh, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Oren Marsh, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Owen Marsh, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Joshua Marsh, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854


  • Sergeant Albert Marsh (1831-1895), American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Frank Lewis Marsh (1899-1992), American biologist
  • John Otho Marsh Jr. (b. 1926), American Secretary of the Army between 1981 and 1989
  • Ozan Marsh (1920-1992), American concert pianist active throughout the world
  • Reginald Marsh (1898-1954), American painter
  • Michael Lawrence Marsh (b. 1967), American former sprinter and the 1992 Olympic champion in the 200m
  • George Perkins Marsh (1801-1882), American diplomat and philologist
  • Othniel Charles Marsh (1831-1899), American paleontologist
  • Stanley Marsh 3 (1938-2014), American artist, philanthropist, best known for having been the sponsor of the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas
  • Mr. Frederick Charles Marsh (d. 1912), aged 28, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic, died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett



  • The Ancestors and Descendants of F.A. Marsh and Ivy Crites by William R. March.
  • Genealogy of the Family of George Marsh by Elizer Jewett Marsh.

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The Marsh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marsh Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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