Marken History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Marken comes from when the family resided in Marsham in Norfolk, or in the place called Mersham in Kent.  The surname Marken 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 Marken family
The surname Marken was first found in Norfolk at Marsham, a parish, in the union of Aylsham, hundred of South Erpingham.  The parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Marsam.  Literally the place name means "homestead or village by a marsh," from the Old English words "mersc" + "ham."  Mersham is a parish, in the union of East Ashford, hundred of Chart and Longbridge, lathe of Shepway.  The first record of the name was Leofstan aet Merseham c. 1060 who was listed in the reference Old English Bynames. Benjamin de Merseham was listed in the Feet of Fines of Kent in 1236 and John de Marsham was listed in the Coroner Rolls of London in 1336.  Some of the family were found at Stratton-Strawless in Norfolk since very early times. "The Hall, a large mansion of white brick, in a well-wooded park, is the seat of R. Marsham, Esq., in whose family it has remained since the time of Edward the First." 
Early History of the Marken family
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Marken Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Marken has been recorded under many different variations, including Marsham, Marshan, Marshom, Marshon, Marshman and others.
Early Notables of the Marken family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Marsham, 1st Baronet of Cuckston (1602-1685), an English antiquary known as a writer on chronology; Sir John Marsham, 2nd Baronet (1637-1692); Sir John Marsham, 3rd Baronet (1679-1696); Sir Robert Marsham...
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Marken migration to the United States +
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Marken or a variant listed above:
Marken Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Patience Marken, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 
Marken migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Marken Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Miss. Judith Marken, aged 8 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Ganges" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 
Contemporary Notables of the name Marken (post 1700) +
- Ingeborg Helen Marken (b. 1975), Norwegian alpine skier who competed at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics
- Jane Marken (1895-1976), born Jeanne Berthe Adolphine Crabbe, a French actress, the first wife of the actor Jules Berry
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The Marken 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: Non sibi sed patriae
Motto Translation: Not for himself, but for his country.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)
- ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 41)