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The ancient history of the Marsden name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the settlements named Marsden in Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Marsden belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Marsden Early Origins



The surname Marsden was first found in Lancashire at Great Marsden or Little Marsden. "This place was anciently called Merclesden, and Merlesden. In the 35th of Henry III., Edmund de Lacy obtained a charter for free warren in "Great and Little Merlesden;" and in the 4th of Edward II., a fishery existed here, by grant from Henry de Lacy. Richard Merclesden was master forester of Blackburnshire to Isabella, dowager queen, in the reign of Edward III.; and in the same reign, Henry, Duke of Lancaster, granted a tract of land in Merclesden to Richard de Walton. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Another reference lists the place name as Marchesden in the 12th century and probably meant "boundary water." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
However, we believe that the former origin of the place name and surname is more likely. One of the earliest records of the name was Alan de Marchesden who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1246. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1273 listed Robert de Marcheden, Nicholaus Mercheden and Johanna de Mersseden. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Marsden Spelling Variations


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Marsden Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Marsden include Marsden, Marsdon and others.

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Marsden Early History


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Marsden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marsden research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1738, 1625, 1688, 1680 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Marsden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Marsden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Marsden Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marsden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Marsden or a variant listed above:

Marsden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Marsden settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Marsden, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Marsden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christopher Marsden settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Thomas and Mrs Marsden and children settled in Boston in 1769

Marsden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Marsden, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Joshua Marsden, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Marsden, aged 30, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1814
  • Charles, Denton, Edward, Francis, George, Horatio, James, John, Thomas, and William Marsden all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Richard Marsden, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Marsden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Abraham Marsden U.E., (Marsten) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Marsden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • S Marsden landed in Sydney, Australia in 1815
  • Nancy Marsden, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  • John Marsden, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  • Henry Marsden, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Thomas Marsden, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Marsden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Marsden landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • Thomas Marsden, aged 30, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Thomas Marsden, aged 43, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1872
  • Hannah Marsden, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1872
  • Caroline Marsden, aged 13, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Marsden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Marsden (post 1700)



  • Robert Marsden Jr., American politician, Mayor of Coos Bay, Oregon, 1953-56
  • Paul Marsden, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 47th District, 2002
  • John Marsden, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2008
  • James M. Marsden, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1936
  • Henry Marsden, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Marash, 1884
  • Dave W. Marsden, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 37th District; Elected 2011
  • Arthur Willard Marsden (b. 1880), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 12th District, 1911-12, 1919-20
  • Simon Marsden (b. 1948), English photographer
  • Chris Marsden (b. 1969), British former football player
  • John Denton Marsden (1942-2006), Australian solicitor and former President of the Law Society of New South Wales
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Marsden Historic Events


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Marsden Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Miss Evelyn Marsden, aged 28, English Stewardess from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 16

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mars denique victor es
Motto Translation: Mars, though art the conqueror.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

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