Mar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the first family to use the name Mar lived among the ancient Scottish people called the Picts. The Mar family 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, Mar would be a habitational name.

Early Origins of the Mar family

The surname Mar 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.

Early History of the Mar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mar research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1296, and 1353 are included under the topic Early Mar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mar Spelling Variations

In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Mar has appeared Marr, Mar, Marre, Mare and others.

Early Notables of the Mar family (pre 1700)

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United States Mar migration to the United States +

Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Mar:

Mar Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Mar, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [1]
Mar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicti Mar, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • Joseph Mar, who settled in Louisiana in 1721
  • Andrew Murray Mar, aged 25, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774 [1]
  • G F Mar, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1788 [1]
Mar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hernando DeLa Mar, who landed in America in 1813 [1]
  • Fco Mar, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1826 [1]
  • D Mar, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Jose Mar, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1853 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mar (post 1700) +

  • J. Ernest Mar, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Orange, 1912 [2]
  • Emma Wong Mar, American politician, Representative from California 9th District, 1994 [2]
  • John Erskine Mar (1675-1732), Scottish Jacobite
  • Eric Lee Mar (b. 1962), California politician
  • Norman Del Mar CBE (1919-1994), British conductor, horn player, and biographer
  • Gary Glen Mar QC (b. 1962), Canadian politician in Alberta
  • Mar Toma "Thomas" Audo (1854-1918), Archbishop of the Chaldean Catholic Church

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Ralph B La Mar, American Fire Controlman Third Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [3]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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