Marlow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Marlow is a habitational place-name, which is a type of hereditary surname, and is derived from the name of the place in which the first bearer lived. Marlow is derived from is 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.

Early Origins of the Marlow family

The surname Marlow was first found in Buckinghamshire at Marlow, a town and civil parish within Wycombe district. The earliest record of the place was listed as Merelafan in 1015, but was listed a few years later as Merlaue in the Domesday Book [1]. Literally, the name means 'land remaining after the draining of a pool' having been derived from the Old English words mere + laf [2] However, another reference claims the ancient name of this place was Merlaw, supposed to be derived from the Saxon word Mere, meaning a marsh, and Law or Low, meaning a hill. Marlow, historically called Great Marlow, first sent representatives to parliament in the 28th of Edward I., and continued so to do till the 2nd of Edward II. Little Marlow is a parish in the borough of Marlow about 1 1/2 miles from Marlow and as the name would imply has historically been much smaller.

Early History of the Marlow family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marlow research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1132, 1409 and 1564 are included under the topic Early Marlow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Marlow Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Marlowe, Marloe, Marleau, Marlow and others.

Early Notables of the Marlow family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Marlow family to Ireland

Some of the Marlow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Marlow migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marlow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Marlow, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [3]
  • Mary Marlow, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [3]
  • Edward Marlow, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [3]
  • Robert Marlow, who arrived in Virginia in 1699 [3]
  • Daniel Marlow, who landed in Virginia in 1699 [3]
Marlow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Marlow, who landed in New York, NY in 1778 [3]
Marlow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christian Marlow, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
  • Nicholas Marlow, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1835 [3]
  • Charles Marlow, aged 37, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [3]
  • Martin Friedrich Marlow, aged 58, who landed in America in 1843 [3]
  • C Marlow, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Marlow Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William F Marlow, who landed in Arkansas in 1902 [3]

Canada Marlow migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marlow Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Marlow, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Australia Marlow migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Marlow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Marlow, British convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 19th November 1827, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Robert Marlow, English convict from Cornwall, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Robert Marlow (b. 1790), aged 40, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 9th August 1830, sentenced for 14 years for breaking into the house of John Worden, transported aboard the ship "Argyle" on 5th March 1831 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [6]
  • Mr. James Marlow, English convict who was convicted in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Margaret Marlow, aged 36, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Marlow 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:

Marlow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Sarah Marlow, (b. 1810), aged 48, English dairy woman from Lincolnshire travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [8]
  • Miss Mary Marlow, (b. 1835), aged 23, English domestic servant from Lincolnshire travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [8]
  • Miss Elizabeth Marlow, (b. 1838), aged 20, English domestic servant from Lincolnshire travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [8]
  • Frederick S. Marlow, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Louisa M. Marlow, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873

Contemporary Notables of the name Marlow (post 1700) +

  • Ellen Taylor Marlow (b. 1994), teen American actress
  • Myron Jess Marlow (b. 1930), retired Los Angeles television newsman
  • Robert Marlow (b. 1961), American synthpop musician and songwriter
  • Ric Marlow (b. 1925), American songwriter and actor
  • John Marlow, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hunterdon County, 1850-51 [9]
  • James R. Marlow, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1916 [9]
  • Hubert A. Marlow, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, 1977 [9]
  • Grace Marlow, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1956 [9]
  • George Marlow, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 28th District, 1919-22 [9]
  • Dennis E. Marlow, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 4th District, 1984 [9]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Frederick Marlow, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Alfred J. Marlow, British Petty Officer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [11]
  • Alfred John Marlow (1910-1939), British Petty Officer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Urban Herschel Marlow, American Coxswain from Missouri, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [12]


Suggested Readings for the name Marlow +

  • 1676 The Marlow Family by Odalene Little Ponder.

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1827
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  12. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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