Show ContentsMarion History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Marion comes from the ancient Medieval culture of France, that specifically of a northwestern region known as Breton. It was a name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Marion was derived from the Hebrew name Miryam, which means wished for child.

Early Origins of the Marion family

The surname Marion was first found in Brittany (French: Bretagne), where this family held a family seat since ancient times.

The branch Marionel in Lorraine was ennobled in 1598. Thomas Marie, of the branch established in Burgundy, was ennobled in 1661, in return for his services in the position of lieutenant-general in the bailiwick, and of mayor of Auxerre, a position which he had held over a duration of ten years. The branch Marion de la Bretonnière was ennobled in 1704. Of the branch Marion de Procé came two aldermen of Nantes, in 1669 and in 1780, and also two magistrates. Charles-Stanislas Marion was a general, who entered into the nobility in 1810, and François-Louis Marion was a chief commander in Napoleon's empire, who received his title to nobility in 1814. The members of the branch established in Lorraine became barons in 1816. From the branch Marion de Beaulieu stemmed a brigadier and a Baron in 1820.

Also in 1820, the members of the branch Marion des Noyers, in Brittany, became barons. In Guyenne, some members of the family settled in a town in the department of Gironde, in the district of Bazas.

Nicolas Marion, Lord of Fontaine and merchant of Quebec, married Marie Gueric in France in 1665. They travelled together to the New World, along with their son, Guillaume, who was born in 1667. Guillaume married Marie-Madeleine Demers in Quebec in 1698. [1]

Early History of the Marion family

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Marion Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Marion is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Marion, Marionnaud, Marionneau, Mariot, Mariotte, Mariolle, Marie, Mariel, Marielle, Marionel, Marionelle, Mariet, Mariette, Mariéton and many more.

Early Notables of the Marion family (pre 1700)

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Marion World Ranking

In the United States, the name Marion is the 1,873rd most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [2] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Marion is ranked the 780th most popular surname. [3] And in France, the name Marion is the 212nd popular surname with an estimated 16,549 people with that name. [4]

United States Marion migration to the United States +

In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Marion were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Marion were

Marion Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Amedee Jean Marion, who landed in New York, NY in 1832 [5]
  • Jose Marion, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1837 [5]
  • Sam Marion, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850-1865 [5]
  • Michael R G Marion, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1856 [5]
  • Peter I C Marion, who arrived in St Clair County, III in 1857 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Marion migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marion Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Georges Marion, son of Nicolas and Marie, who married Marie-Madeleine Dumets, daughter of Jean and Jeanne, in Quebec on 12th November 1693 [6]
Marion Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Henri Marion, son of Jean and Jeanne, who married Anne Simon, daughter of Hubert and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 18th July 1718 [6]
  • François Marion, son of Georges and Marie-Madeleine, who married Charlotte Boucher, daughter of Denis and Marie-Jeanne, in Saint-Nicolas, Quebec on 24th February 1721 [6]
  • Nicolas Marion, son of Georges and Marie-Madeleine, who married Marie-Anne Durand, daughter of Louis and Élisabeth, in Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Quebec on 11th January 1723 [6]
  • Étienne Marion, son of Georges and Marie-Madeleine, who married Marie-Jeanne Hunault, daughter of Pierre and Catherine, in Repentigny, Quebec on 3rd February 1728 [6]
  • Étienne Marion, son of François and Charlotte, who married Marie-Thérèse Dubois, daughter of Nicolas and Marie-Thérèse, in Saint-Nicolas, Quebec on 23rd July 1748 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Marion (post 1700) +

  • Paul Marion (1915-2011), American actor from The Bronx, known for his roles in To Have and Have Not (1944), Mysterious Doctor Satan and Captain Midnight
  • Shawn Dwayne Marion (b. 1978), American professional basketball player
  • Brigadier General Francis Marion (1733-1795), American military leader during the American Revolutionary War
  • Charles Stanislas Marion, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [7]
  • Brigadier-General Charles Marion (1887-1944), French Commanding Officer during World War II [8]
  • Daniel Joseph Marion (1945-2022), Canadian Commissioner of the Northwest Territories from March 26, 1999, until March 31, 2000
  • Joseph Paul Marion (b. 1927), Canadian retired politician in Manitoba
  • Martin Whiteford Marion (b. 1917), American former shortstop and manager in Major League Baseball
  • Betty Marion White Ludden (1922-2021), American five time Primetime Emmy Award, two Daytime Emmy Award winning actress and comedian, her career spanned seven decades, the first woman to produce a sitcom (Life with Elizabeth), which contributed to her being named honorary Mayor of Hollywood in 1955, best known for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on the CBS sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973–1977), Rose Nylund on the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls (1985–1992), and Elka Ostrovsky on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland (2010–2015), inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995
  • Harold Marion Crothers (b. 1887), American professor of electrical engineering at South Dakota State University, eponym of Crothers Engineering Hall (1957)

The Marion 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: Nos murs, nos lois
Motto Translation: Our walls, our laws

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  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  5. 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)
  6. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  7. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 14) Charles Marion. Retrieved from
  8. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 11) Charles Marion. Retrieved from on Facebook