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Where did the English Marshall family come from? What is the English Marshall family crest and coat of arms? When did the Marshall family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Marshall family history?The name Marshall arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a blacksmith or a person who tended horses deriving its origin from the Old English word marshal, which meant blacksmith. In medieval England, blacksmiths were extremely important because they were employed by the nobility to look after the horses.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Marshall, Marshal, Marescal, Marshale and others.
First found in Wiltshire, where they established themselves after the Norman Conquest.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marshall research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1084, 1170, 1235, 1594, 1655, 1621, 1685, 1672, 1685, 1628, 1680, 1637, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Marshall History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 165 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marshall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Marshall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 191 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Marshall or a variant listed above:
Marshall Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Marshall Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Marshall Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Marshall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marshall 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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