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Where did the French Marion family come from? When did the Marion family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Marion family history?

The name Marion comes from the ancient Medieval culture of France, that specifically of a northwestern region known as Breton. It was a name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Marion was derived from the Hebrew name Miryam, which means wished for child.

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Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Marion some of which are Marion, Marionnaud, Marionneau, Mariot, Mariotte, Mariolle, Marie, Mariel, Marielle, Marionel, Marionelle, Mariet, Mariette, Mariéton and many more.

First found in Brittany, where this family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marion research. Another 289 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1483, 1598, 1620, 1661, 1669, 1684, 1704, 1780, 1795, 1810, 1814, 1816, 1820, 1821, 1870, and 1881 are included under the topic Early Marion History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marion Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Marion has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Marion were

Marion Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Amedee Jean Marion, who landed in New York, NY in 1832
  • Jose Marion, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1837
  • Sam Marion, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850-1865
  • Michael R G Marion, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1856
  • Peter I C Marion, who arrived in St Clair County, III in 1857


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  • Brigadier General Francis Marion (1733-1795), American military leader during the American Revolutionary War
  • Paul Marion (b. 1915), American actor
  • Shawn Dwayne Marion (b. 1978), American professional basketball player
  • Brigadier-General Charles Marion (1887-1944), French Commanding Officer during World War II
  • Joseph Paul Marion (b. 1927), Canadian retired politician in Manitoba
  • Martin Whiteford Marion (b. 1917), American former shortstop and manager in Major League Baseball


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