Marleau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The illustrious surname Marleau is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
Early Origins of the Marleau family
The surname Marleau was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Marleau family
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Marleau Spelling Variations
Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Marley, Marlay, Marly, Maroley and others.
Early Notables of the Marleau family (pre 1700)
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In Quebec, Canada, the name Marleau is the 703rd most popular surname. 
Migration of the Marleau family to Ireland
Some of the Marleau family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Marleau family
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Marleau, or a variant listed above: Nicholas and Jane Marleaw and their three children, who arrived in Virginia in 1630; John Marley, who came to Virginia in 1658; Roger Marley, who settled in Virginia in 1660.