March History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the March family

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]

Important Dates for the March family

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March Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the March family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Pere March (1336/1338-1413), a Valencian poet, family had been lawyers and officers of the court of the kingdom of Aragon, undertook several important diplomatic missions, traveling to England for the first Alfonso twice in the...
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March migration to the United States

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, who settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife
  • Collice March, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [6]
  • Eliabeth March, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 [6]
  • Samuell March, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
March Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean March, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700 [6]
  • Richard March, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [6]
  • Elizabeth March, who landed in New England in 1712 [6]
  • Jurigh Heinrich March, aged 20, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [6]
  • Jerick Hendrick March, aged 20, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
March Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles March, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [6]
  • Anthony March, aged 19, settled in Waldoboro, Massachusetts, in 1821
  • Anthony March, aged 19, who arrived in America in 1821 [6]
  • John March, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [6]
  • J March, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

March migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

March Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph March, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [7]
  • Hannah March, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [7]
  • Sophia March, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [7]
  • Henry March, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847 [8]
  • Matthew March, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

March migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

March Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James March, (b. 1835), aged 20, British shepherd travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [9]
  • Samuel March, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Emma March, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Eliza March, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Esther March, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name March (post 1700)

  • 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) [10]
  • Peyton C March Jr. (1896-1918), American Army pilot, son of Peyton C. March
  • Major General Peyton C March (1864-1955), American Army Chief of Staff, son of Francis Andrew March [11]
  • Fredric March (1897-1975), born Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel, two-time American Academy Award and Tony Award winning stage and screen actor, the only actor to win both the Academy Award and the Tony Award twice
  • Francis Andrew March (1825-1911), American polymath, academic, philologist, and lexicographer
  • James G March, American professor at several universities, including at Stanford from 1970-1995
  • Joseph Moncure March (1899-1977), American poet
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the March family

RMS Titanic
  • 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 [12]

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Citations

  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)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARINER 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Mariner.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Francis March. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/March/Francis_Andrew/USA.html
  11. ^ Peyton March. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Peyton March. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peyton_C._March
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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