Show ContentsMarron History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Marron came to England with the ancestors of the Marron family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Marron family lived in Leicestershire. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Marriot in Normandy. While many of the family settled in England, some stayed behind in Normandy as shown by Richard Mareta who was listed there (1180-1195.) [1]

Early Origins of the Marron family

The surname Marron was first found in Somerset at Merriott, a parish, in the union of Chard, hundred of Crewkerne. [2] This parish was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Meriet [3] and possibly meant "boundary gate," from the Old English words "maere" + "geat." [4] Some of the first listings of the name include: Alric filius Meriet; and Aelric Meriete in 1066 and Aegel filius Mergeati c. 1086. Symon Meriet was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1202. [5] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: John de Meriet in Lincolnshire; and Simon de Meriet in Somerset. [6]

Early History of the Marron family

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Marron Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Marron are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Marron include Marriott, Mariott, Marriot, Marritt, Marrot, Marrotte, Mariatt, Maryet, Maryott, Marryatt, Mariate, Merritt, Merriott and many more.

Early Notables of the Marron family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Augustine Marriott of London; Christopher Merret (Merrett) FRS (1614-1695), an English physician and scientist, the first to document the deliberate addition of sugar for the production...
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Marron Ranking

In the United States, the name Marron is the 9,424th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [7] However, in France, the name Marron is ranked the 9,140th most popular surname with an estimated 500 - 1,000 people with that name. [8]

Ireland Migration of the Marron family to Ireland

Some of the Marron family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Marron migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Marron, or a variant listed above:

Marron Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Marron, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [9]
Marron Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Garcia De Marron, who arrived in America in 1814 [9]
  • Bonifacio Marron, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1821 [9]
  • Lawrence Marron, who arrived in Mississippi in 1854 [9]

Australia Marron migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Marron Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael Marron, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [10]
  • Patrick Marron, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [10]
  • Anne Marron, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [10]
  • PAtrick Marron, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [10]
  • John Marron, English convict from Cumberland, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [11]
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New Zealand Marron migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Marron Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. M. Marron, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "David G. Fleming" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th December 1863 [12]
  • Miss Sarah Marron, (b. 1853), aged 20, Scottish servant travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Wild Deer" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th March 1874 [13]
  • Miss Margaret Marron, (b. 1851), aged 22, Scottish servant travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Wild Deer" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th March 1874 [13]
  • Mary Marron, aged 18, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879

West Indies Marron migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [14]
Marron Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Bartolome Marron, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1834 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Marron (post 1700) +

  • Donald B. Marron Jr., American economist, professor and policy advisor and director
  • Donald B. Marron (b. 1934), American financier, private equity investor and entrepreneur, founder of private equity firm Lightyear Capital
  • Patrick H. Marron, American politician, Supervisor of Frenchtown Township, Michigan; Elected 1905, 1906 [15]
  • Owen N. Marron (1861-1945), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1899-1902 [15]
  • Mary Marron, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 20th District, 1936 [15]
  • James P. Marron (b. 1902), American Democratic Party politician, Insurance agent; Lawyer; Chair of Holt County Democratic Party, 1940 [15]
  • Saul Marron (b. 1981), Scottish actor

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  11. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from
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