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Where did the English Marple family come from? What is the English Marple family crest and coat of arms? When did the Marple family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Marple family history?

Today's generation of the Marple family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Marple family lived in Cheshire, at the manor of Marple, from whence they took their name.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Marple include Marple, Marples, Marble, Marbles, Merple, Merpel, Merpels, Merples, Merbles, Merble and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Marple, more anciently spelt Merpul. The first record of ownership of the estates was when Randle, Earl of Chester granted the manorial rights to Robert of Stockport. This is most likely the earliest scion of the Marple family name. He sold the estate to Sir George Vernon, known as 'The King of the Peak' Chief of one those rugged east Cheshire families who controlled the forests of Cheshire and Derbyshire. Marple Hall remains, and in the 19th century was the seat of the notable Isherwood family, having previously been the seat of the Bradshaws.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marple research. Another 99 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 192 and 1921 are included under the topic Early Marple History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Marple Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Marples to arrive on North American shores:

Marple Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Daniel and Cath Marple and three children settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820

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  • Carole Frances Marple (b. 1941), former Australian politician, Member for Altona in the Victorian Legislative Assembly (1992-1996)
  • Stan Marple (b. 1968), Canadian ice hockey player from Alberta


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The Marple Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marple 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.

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