Marpole History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Today's generation of the Marpole family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Marpole 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." 
Early Origins of the Marpole family
The surname Marpole 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 Marpole family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marpole research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 192 and 1921 are included under the topic Early Marpole History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Marpole Spelling Variations
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 Marpole include Marple, Marples, Marble, Marbles, Merple, Merpel, Merpels, Merples, Merbles, Merble and many more.
Early Notables of the Marpole family (pre 1700)
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Marpole migration to the United States +
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 Marpoles to arrive on North American shores:
Marpole Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Rebecca Marpole, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701-1703 
Contemporary Notables of the name Marpole (post 1700) +
- Alfred Marpole Waldron (1865-1952), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives for Pennsylvania
- Alfred Marpole Waldron (1865-1952), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1928; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 3rd District, 1933-35 
Related Stories +
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html