Marjoribanks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Marjoribanks family

The surname Marjoribanks was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland. Samuel Marchbanks was a fictional character created by Canadian novelist and journalist Robertson Davies. He wrote four novels about the charcter.

Early History of the Marjoribanks family

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Marjoribanks Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Marjoribanks, Majoribanks, Marchbanks, Marjorum and many more.

Early Notables of the Marjoribanks family (pre 1700)

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United States Marjoribanks migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marjoribanks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Marjoribanks, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]
  • Thomas Marjoribanks, aged 25, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774 [1]

New Zealand Marjoribanks 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:

Marjoribanks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Marjoribanks, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Marjoribanks (post 1700) +

  • Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks (1820-1894), 1st Baron Tweedmouth
  • Edward Marjoribanks (1900-1932), English politician and biographer
  • Edith Marjoribanks, Headmistress
  • Sir James Marjoribanks (1911-2003), British Diplomat
  • James Marjoribanks MacLaren (1853-1890), Scottish architect
  • Edward Marjoribanks Tweedmouth (1849-1909), English Liberal politician

The Marjoribanks 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: Custos et pugnax
Motto Translation: A preserver and a champion.

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook
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