Show ContentsMargetts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Margetts reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Margetts family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Margetts family lived in Sussex. Their name, however, is thought to be derived from a location in Normandy called Argenson, which would have been used as a name in its local form, D'Argenson, meaning from Argenson. The location, however, like many small settlements of the time, has been lost to the map in contemporary times. It is likely that the M now appears as the first letter of the name in most cases due to confusion with the similar metronymic name meaning son of Margaret. [1]

Early Origins of the Margetts family

The surname Margetts was first found in West Sussex where the family held estates in Offington. One source claims "John D'Argenson, living in 1449, had two sons, one of whom fought at the battle of Pavia, in 1524, and the other, Peter D'Argenson, was founder of the English branch. The Margetsons of Yorkshire sprang from that personage, which may well admit of question, for certainly D'Argenson and Margetson are not much alike." [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Robert Marjorison; Richard Marjorison; and Roger Margeryson. [1]

Early History of the Margetts family

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Margetts Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Margesson, Margeson, Margerison, Margetson and many more.

Early Notables of the Margetts family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Margetts family to Ireland

Some of the Margetts family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Margetts migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Margetts name or one of its variants:

Margetts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Margetts, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [3]
  • Stephen Margetts, who arrived in Virginia in 1663-1664 [3]
  • Susan Margetts, who landed in Virginia in 1665-1666 [3]
Margetts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Vincente Margetts, aged 44, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [3]

Australia Margetts migration to Australia +

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

Margetts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Margetts, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. William Margetts, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Margetts (post 1700) +

  • Walter T. Margetts Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1960 [6]
  • Josephine S. Margetts, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1964 [6]
  • Jonathon Gary "Jonny" Margetts (b. 1993), English professional footballer
  • Ms. Helen Zerlina Margetts O.B.E. (b. 1961), British Professor of Society and the Internet at University of Oxford, previously Director for Oxford Internet Institute, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Social and Political Science [7]
  • Diane "Dee" Elizabeth Margetts (b. 1955), former Australian politician, Senator for Western Australia (1993-1999)
  • Matt Margetts (b. 1988), Canadian freestyle skier at the 2014 Winter Olympics
  • Dean Margetts (b. 1974), Australian rules football field umpire in the Australian Football League

The Margetts 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: Loyalité me lie
Motto Translation: Loyality binds me.

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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. 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)
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  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from
  7. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook