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Marrow is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Marrow 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]

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The surname Marrow 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]

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Marriott, Mariott, Marriot, Marritt, Marrot, Marrotte, Mariatt, Maryet, Maryott, Marryatt, Mariate, Merritt, Merriott and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marrow research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1695, 1657, 1679, 1708, 1695 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Marrow History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marrow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Marrow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Marrow or a variant listed above:

Marrow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Wm Marrow, aged 25, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • Geo Marrow, who arrived in Virginia in 1647
  • James Marrow, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • Mary Marrow, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • Dorithy Marrow, who landed in Virginia in 1657


Marrow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Marrow, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Michael Marrow, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1848

Marrow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • J.J. Marrow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constant" in 1849

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  • Alfred Josephon "Jay" Marrow (1905-1978), American industrial psychologist, executive, civil rights leader, and philanthropist, awarded the Kurt Lewin Memorial Award (1964)
  • Charles Kennon "Buck" Marrow (1909-1982), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1932 to 1938
  • Vincent Charles Marrow (b. 1968), American football coach and former NFL tight end
  • Mitch Marrow (b. 1975), American former NFL football player
  • F. Maclin Marrow Jr., American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Gibraltar, 1921-22
  • Barbara Marrow, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1988
  • Alexander James "Alex" Marrow (b. 1990), English professional footballer


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  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. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Marrow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marrow 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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