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In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Marr, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in a place called Mar, which was in the county of Aberdeen. It may come from the Old Norse word marr, which was an extremely rare word, that was usually associated with the sea, but sometimes referred to a marsh or a fen. In this sense, Marr would be a habitational name.

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The surname Marr was first found in Yorkshire, 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.

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Marr has been spelled Marr, Mar, Marre, Mare and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marr research. Another 394 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1296, and 1353 are included under the topic Early Marr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Marr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Marr:

Marr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christopher Marr settled in Virginia in 1715
  • Alexander Marr who settled in Maryland in 1747
  • James Marr settled in Virginia in 1774

Marr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George, Jacob, John, Peter and Thomas Marr arrived in Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1870

Marr Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Marr arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Timaru" in 1870
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  • Thomas A. "Tom" Marr (1942-2016), American talk radio host on WCBM (680-AM) in Baltimore, Maryland
  • David Francis Marr Jr. (1933-1997), American professional PGA golfer and sportscaster
  • Barbara La Marr (1896-1926), born Reatha Dale Watson, an American stage and film actress, known as "The Girl Who Is Too Beautiful"
  • Walter Lorenzo Marr (1865-1941), American automaker, founder of the Marr Auto-Car Company in 1903, and later the first Chief Engineer for Buick in 1904
  • G. Margaret Marr (b. 1896), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1944, 1948
  • Delos D. Marr, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Chesterton, Indiana, 1880-85
  • Christopher Marr, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2008
  • Charles H. Marr (b. 1865), American politician, Mayor of Wyandotte, Michigan, 1911-16
  • Mrs. Carmel C. Marr, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1972
  • George M. Marr, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly, 1904, 1909
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Marr Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Ian C C Marr (b. 1920), Scottish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Morningside, Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Desmond Marr, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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