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

The name March came to England with the ancestors of the March family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The March family 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.


Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled March, Marche and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire 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 March research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1473, 1336, 1338, 1413, 1380, 1334, 1410, 1410 and 1430 are included under the topic Early March History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 155 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early March Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name March or a variant listed above:

March Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel and his wife Collice March, who settled in Virginia in 1623 with their children
  • Samuel March settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife
  • Collice March, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Eliabeth March, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • Samuell March, who arrived in Virginia in 1623

March Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean March, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700
  • Richd March, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Elizabeth March, who landed in New England in 1712
  • Jurigh Heinrich March, aged 20, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Jerick Hendrick March, aged 20, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733

March Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles March, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Anthony March, aged 19, settled in Waldoboro, Massachusetts, in 1821
  • Anthony March, aged 19, arrived in America in 1821
  • John March, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • J March, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • William March (1893-1954), American Marine awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Palm, the Army Distinguished Service Cross and the Navy Cross
  • James G March, American professor at several universities, including at Stanford from 1970-1995
  • Fredric March (1897-1975), born Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel, two-time American Academy Award and Tony Award winning stage and screen actor, the only actor to win both the Academy Award and the Tony Award twice
  • Joseph Moncure March (1899-1977), American poet
  • Major General Peyton C March (1864-1955), American Army Chief of Staff, son of Francis Andrew March
  • Peyton C March Jr. (1896-1918), American Army pilot, son of Peyton C. March
  • Francis Andrew March (1825-1911), American polymath, academic, philologist, and lexicographer
  • Brigadier-General Francis Andrew March (1895-1967), American Professor of Military Science & Tactics, Ohio State University (1946-1947)
  • Kevin P. March, American business executive, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice-President of Texas Instruments
  • Kevin March, American drummer, record producer, and songwriter



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The March Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The March 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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