The history of the name Marmion begins with the Norman Conquest
in 1066. This Norman name was soon thereafter given to a person who was a mischievous child, or who liked to play tricks and make jokes. As for the name Marmion, nicknames often described strong traits or features of animals. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas,
which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.
Early Origins of the Marmion family
The surname Marmion was first found in Warwickshire
. One of the first records of the surname was Robert Marmion (died 1218), the 6th Baron
of Tamworth, an English nobleman, an itinerant justice and was reputed to have been the King's Champion. He claimed descendancy from the lords of Fontenay le Marmion in Normandy
, hereditary champions of the Dukes of Normandy
. "Robert de Marmyon, Lord of Fonteney, obtained from his royal master, not long after the battle of Hastings, a grant of the manors of Tamworth, co. Warwick, and Scivelsby, co. Lincoln, the latter to be held 'by service of performing the office of champion at the King's Coronation.' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Marmion family
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Marmion Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Marmion has been recorded under many different variations, including Marmion, Marmyon, Merryman, Merriman and others.
Early Notables of the Marmion family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Baron
Marmyon of Tamworth, Simon Marmion (c.
1425-1489), a French or Burgundian Early Netherlandish painter of panels and illuminated manuscript; Shackerley [Shakerley, Shakerly, Schackerley] Marmion [Marmyon, Marmyun, or Mermion](1603-1639), an... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marmion Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Marmion family to Ireland
Some of the Marmion family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Marmion family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Marmions were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Marmion Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mary Marmion, who settled in Virginia in 1654
Marmion Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Marmion, aged 40, who arrived in Missouri in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- Mathew and Jane Marmion, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1871
Contemporary Notables of the name Marmion (post 1700)
- William Marmion, American Bishop of Virginia
- William Edward Marmion (1845-1896), Australian politician, Member of Parliament for Western Australian Legislative Council (1870-1896)
- Blessed Columba Marmion (1858-1923), born Joseph Aloysius Marmion, an Irish monk, the 3rd Abbot of Maredsous Abbey in Belgium, beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 3, 2000
- William Richard "Bill" Marmion (b. 1954), Australian politician, Member of the Western Australian Parliament for Nedlands (2008-)
- Barry Marmion, Australian Professor of Bacteriology, University of Adelaide, Australia