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The illustrious surname Marley 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.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Marley is a place-name from in Morlaix, in Brittany, a peninsula in the northwest of France. Formerly known as Armorica, a possession of the Roman Empire, this land consists of a plateau with a deeply indented coast and is broken by hills in the west.

Marley Early Origins



The surname Marley 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.

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Marley Spelling Variations


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Marley 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.

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Marley Early History


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Marley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marley research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1132, 1409, and 1564 are included under the topic Early Marley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Marley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Marley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Marley In Ireland


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Marley In Ireland



Some of the Marley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Marley, or a variant listed above:

Marley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Marley, who landed in Maryland in 1641
  • John Marley, who came to Virginia in 1658
  • Roger Marley, who settled in Virginia in 1660
  • Roger Marley, who arrived in Virginia in 1660
  • Francis Marley, who came to Maryland in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Marley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Marley, who came to Maryland in 1730
  • Manus Marley, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

Marley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Marley, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
  • James Marley, who arrived in Baltimore in 1828
  • James Marley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • George, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Richard, Thomas, and William Marley, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Marley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Marley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Marley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann Marley, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834

Marley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • J. Marley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849
  • Margaret Marley, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Marley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Marley (post 1700)



  • Marcia Marley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 2000
  • Lena Marley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980
  • Kemper Marley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1956
  • Harold P. Marley, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 2nd District, 1932
  • Chris Marley, American politician, Mayor of Chino Valley, Arizona, 2013
  • Bert C. Marley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 2000
  • Arthur E. Marley, American politician, Independent Candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, 1954
  • Major-General James Preston Marley (1882-1952), American Commanding General 8th Division (1940-1942)
  • Mary Beth Marley (b. 1995), American Figure Skater
  • J Peverell Marley (1901-1964), American cinematographer
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Marley Historic Events


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Marley Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Sidney Marley (1912-1941), Australian Flight Sergeant from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Marley, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Marley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 28 November 2015 at 16:30.

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