Marples History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Marples was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Marples family lived in Cheshire, at the manor of Marple which dates back to the 13th century when it was then known as Merpille and literally meant "pool or stream at the boundary," having derived from the Old English "maere" + "pyll." [1]

Early Origins of the Marples family

The surname Marples was 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.

Interestingly, one of the theories of the origin of Agatha Christie's fictional character Miss Marple was that it was taken the name from a family named Marple, who lived at Marple Hall near her sister Madge's home at Abney Hall.

Early History of the Marples family

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Marples Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Marple, Marples, Marble, Marbles, Merple, Merpel, Merpels, Merples, Merbles, Merble and many more.

Early Notables of the Marples family (pre 1700)

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United States Marples migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marples Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Marples, aged 40, who landed in New York in 1849 [2]
  • Anne Marples, aged 5, who arrived in New York in 1849 [2]
  • Elizabeth Marples, aged 11, who landed in New York in 1849 [2]
  • Emma Marples, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1849 [2]
  • Harriet Marples, aged 19, who landed in New York in 1849 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Marples (post 1700) +

  • Simon Marples (b. 1975), English football defender
  • George Holmes Marples (1883-1947), English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Derbyshire in 1905
  • Christopher "Chris" Marples (b. 1964), English former footballer and first-class cricketer
  • Nigel Marples (b. 1985), Canadian footballer
  • Baron Alfred Ernest Marples (1907-1978), Baron Marples, British Conservative politician, Postmaster General (1957-1959) and Minister of Transport (1959-1964)
  • Brian John Marples, Emeritus Professor of Zoology, University of Otago, New Zealand


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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)


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