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

Marrell is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Marrell comes from the medieval given name Morel. The name was originally derived from the name More or Moore a nickname for a someone of dark complexion. This name stems from the Old French word Moor, meaning black man.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Marrell include Morrell, Morel, Morrel, Morrall, Morrill, Murrill and others.

First found in Norfolk 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marrell research. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1704, 1795, 1839, 1788 and 1880 are included under the topic Early Marrell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Marrells to arrive on North American shores:

Marrell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Marrell, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • William Marrell, who arrived in Maryland in 1668

Marrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Marrell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Louisa Baillie" in 1849

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