Marksberry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Marksberry family

The surname Marksberry was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Markby, held by Gocelyn FitzLambert, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Marksberry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marksberry research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1889 are included under the topic Early Marksberry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Marksberry Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Markby, Markbie, Markbee, Markeby, Markebee and many more.

Early Notables of the Marksberry family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Marksberry family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Markby, who came to Jamaica in 1793.


Contemporary Notables of the name Marksberry (post 1700) +

  • Matthew Gates "Matt" Marksberry (b. 1990), American Major League Baseball pitcher from Cincinnati, Ohio; he played for the Atlanta Braves in 2015
  • Walter T. Marksberry, American politician, Representative from Kentucky 4th District, 1986 [2]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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