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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.

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The surname March was first found in Cambridgeshire at March, a market town and civil parish in the Isle of Ely area in the parish of Doddington, union and hundred of North Witchford. The town lies on the course of the Fen Causeway, a Roman road, and there is evidence of Roman settlements in the area. "Between this town and Wisbech, urns inclosing burnt bones, and a vessel containing 160 Roman denarii of different emperors, were discovered in the year 1730." [1] Listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Merche [2], it derives its name from the Old English word "mearc." [3] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Henry le March and William le March, both in Cambridgeshire; and Philip le march in Oxfordshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Johannes de la Marche; Ricardus del Marche; and Agnes del Marche. [4] William de la Marche was listed in Cheshire in 1295. [5]

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.


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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.

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

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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 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 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 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


March Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Nathan March, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Robert March, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

March Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Joseph March arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Hannah March arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Sophia March arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Henry March arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • Matthew March arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847


March Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Samuel March arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Emma March arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Eliza March arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Esther March arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Sarah March arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857


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  • Mr. John Starr March (d. 1912), aged 50, American Postal Clerk from Newark, New Jersey who worked aboard the RMS Titanic, died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Stephanie Caroline March (b. 1974), American actress, best known for her role as Alexandra Cabot on the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Kevin March, American drummer, record producer, and songwriter
  • Kevin P. March, American business executive, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice-President of Texas Instruments
  • Brigadier-General Francis Andrew March (1895-1967), American Professor of Military Science & Tactics, Ohio State University (1946-1947)
  • A. H. March, American politician, Mayor of Marysville, Washington, 1936-37
  • Charles H. March, American Republican politician, Member, Federal Trade Commission, 1929-45; Chair, Federal Trade Commission, 1933, 1936, 1941
  • Clement March, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 1st District, 1860-61
  • D. W. March, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 26th District, 1915-16
  • Daniel March, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1801-02

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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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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