Marnell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Marnell family

The surname Marnell was first found in Essex where they held a family seat. They were descended from the great and noble Marinni (Mareigni or Mairinni) family of Calvados, in the arrondisement of Bayeux in Normandy where Gwerri de Marinni in 1166 held half a knight's fee at Adam de Port of Mapledurwell. [1]

Robert de Mareigni was granted lands in Essex in 1168. About this time, the family name changed to de Marny. William held in 1207 and 1284. [1]

Another source gives more details. "This family held Layer Marney, in Essex, from the time of Henry II. to that of Henry VIII. The first mentioned is 'William de Marney, who about the year 1166 held a knight's fee under Henry de Essex, of the Honour of Hagnet. ' " [2]

At some point, the family branched to the parish of St. Mabyn, in Cornwall. "The manor of Colquite or Kilquite is mentioned in Doomsday as Chilcoit, and is described as one of the 288 manors belonging to the Earl of Moreton. At a subsequent period this was in the family of Serjeaux, by one of whose co-heiresses it was brought in marriage to the Marneys. About the middle of the sixteenth century, John Lord Marney, whose father was created Lord Marney in 1524, built an elegant mansion at Colquite. In this family it remained until it was carried by marriage to the Hoblyns." [3]

Early History of the Marnell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marnell research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1525, 1513, 1523, 1494, 1621, 1319, 1400, 1369, 1371, 1376, 1377, 1379, 1380, 1382, 1383, 1384, 1386 and 1390 are included under the topic Early Marnell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Marnell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: de Marney, Marney, Marnie, Marny, Marny, Marnet, Marnay, Marner and many more.

Early Notables of the Marnell family (pre 1700)

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marnell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Marnell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marnell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Marnell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1823

Contemporary Notables of the name Marnell (post 1700) +

  • John J. Marnell, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1898-99 [4]
  • John Marnell (b. 1956), Irish retired hurler
  • Lewis Kristian Marnell (1982-2013), Australian professional skateboarder from Melbourne


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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