Marlowe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Marlowe 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. Marlowe 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 Marlowe family

The surname Marlowe 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 Marlowe family

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Marlowe Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Marlowe family (pre 1700)

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Marlowe Ranking

In the United States, the name Marlowe is the 3,948th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Marlowe family to Ireland

Some of the Marlowe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Marlowe migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marlowe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Christopher Marlowe, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [4]
  • Mary Marlowe, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Marlowe (post 1700) +

  • Sylvia Marlowe (1908-1981), American harpsichordist, founder of the Harpsichord Music Society, Inc. to promote new works for harpsichord and award scholarship in 1957
  • Scott Gregory Marlowe (1932-2001), born Ronald DeLeo, an American actor of film, television, and stage
  • Marion Marlowe (1929-2012), born Marion Townsend, an American singer and actress, best known for her recordings of "The Man in the Raincoat" and "Heartbeat"
  • June Marlowe (1903-1984), born Gisela Valaria Goetten, an American actress, best known for her role the schoolteacher Miss Crabtree in six Our Gang short subjects
  • Julia Marlowe (1865-1950), born as Sarah Frances Frost, an English-born American actress known for her interpretations of William Shakespeare
  • Andrew W. Marlowe, American screenwriter, known for his work on Hollow Man (2000), Castle (2009) and Air Force One (1997)
  • Hugh Marlowe (1911-1982), American actor, known for his roles in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), All About Eve (1950), Another World (1964) and Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
  • Stephen Marlowe (1928-2008), American author of science fiction
  • Francis Frederick Marlowe (b. 1866), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Underhill, 1910 [5]
  • Anthony Marlowe, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Bay County 1st District, 1940 [5]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  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)
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  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)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook