Mardian History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Mardian is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the settlements named Marsden in Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Mardian belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Mardian family
The surname Mardian was first found in Lancashire at Great Marsden or Little Marsden. "This place was anciently called Merclesden, and Merlesden. In the 35th of Henry III., Edmund de Lacy obtained a charter for free warren in "Great and Little Merlesden;" and in the 4th of Edward II., a fishery existed here, by grant from Henry de Lacy. Richard Merclesden was master forester of Blackburnshire to Isabella, dowager queen, in the reign of Edward III.; and in the same reign, Henry, Duke of Lancaster, granted a tract of land in Merclesden to Richard de Walton. "  Another reference lists the place name as Marchesden in the 12th century and probably meant "boundary water."  However, we believe that the former origin of the place name and surname is more likely. One of the earliest records of the name was Alan de Marchesden who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1246.  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1273 listed Robert de Marcheden, Nicholaus Mercheden and Johanna de Mersseden. 
Early History of the Mardian family
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Mardian Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mardian family name include Marsden, Marsdon and others.
Early Notables of the Mardian family (pre 1700)
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Mardian migration to the United States +
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Mardian surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Mardian Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William Mardian, aged 39, who settled in America, in 1908
Contemporary Notables of the name Mardian (post 1700) +
- Samuel Mardian Jr. (1919-2015), American Republican politician, 48th Mayor of Phoenix (1960-1964) 
- Samuel Mardian Jr. (b. 1919), American Republican politician, Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, 1960-64; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1972 
- Robert Charles Mardian (1923-2006), United States Republican party official
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The Mardian Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Mars denique victor es
Motto Translation: Mars, though art the conqueror.
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