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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Marsh family name to the British Isles. They lived on the border between two territories, such as the Marches between England and Wales or on the English Scottish borders. The name may also have emerged as a nickname for someone born in the month of March.

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The surname Marsh was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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 Marsh, Marsch, Marshe and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marsh research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1515, 1555, 1555, 1555, 1638, 1713, 1683, 1691, 1691, 1694, 1694, 1703, 1703, 1713, 1626, 1693, 1682, 1693, 1667, 1673, 1673, 1782, 1667 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Marsh History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 225 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marsh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Marsh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 95 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 Marsh or a variant listed above:

Marsh Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Marsh, who settled in Virginia with Joseph in 1635
  • Lewis Marsh, who settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Francis Marsh, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Lewis Marsh, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Margaret Marsh, who arrived in Maryland in 1648


Marsh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Alphouse Marsh, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Nicho Marsh, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Henry Marsh, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Edward Marsh, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Mary Marsh, who arrived in Virginia in 1714


Marsh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Marsh, aged 65, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Stephen Marsh, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Oren Marsh, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Owen Marsh, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Joshua Marsh, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854


Marsh Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. John Marsh U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 286 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA
  • Mr. John Marsh U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. John Lothrop Marsh U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Joseph Marsh U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Matthias Marsh U.E., (Mattias, Mathias) (b. 1761) born in Dutchess County, New York, USA who settled in Sidney Township [Quinte West], Hastings County, Ontario c. 1784 listed as serving in the secret service, married twice having 18 children,


Marsh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Marsh, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • David Oakes Marsh, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Marsh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • David Marsh, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Henry Marsh, a wharfinger, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Joseph Marsh, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • John Marsh arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Mitchell" in 1840
  • William Marsh arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Mitchell" in 1840


Marsh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Julia Ann Marsh, aged 27, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Jane Marsh, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Elijah Marsh, aged 3, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Marsh, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • William Marsh arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863


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  • James "Jim" Marsh (b. 1946), retired American professional NBA basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers (1971-1972)
  • James Barney Marsh (1856-1936), American engineer and bridge designer, known for reinforced concrete arch bridges
  • James Marsh (1794-1842), American philosopher, Congregational clergyman and president of the University of Vermont from 1826-1833
  • William Wallace Marsh (1835-1918), Canadian-born, American inventor and businessman who co-founded Marsh, Steward & Company
  • Frank Wayne Marsh (b. 1940), former professional American football defensive back who played from 1963 to 1968
  • Frank Marsh (1924-2001), American politician, 29th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska (1971-1975), Secretary of State of Nebraska (1953-1971)
  • Othniel Charles Marsh (1831-1899), American paleontologist awarded the Bigsby Medal (1877)
  • Frank Lewis Marsh (1899-1992), American Seventh-day Adventist biologist and young Earth creationist author, one of the ten founding members of the Creation Research Society
  • Stanley Marsh 3 (1938-2014), American artist, philanthropist, best known for having been the sponsor of the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas
  • Henry A. Marsh (1836-1914), American politician, Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1893-95

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  • The Ancestors and Descendants of F.A. Marsh and Ivy Crites by William R. March.
  • Genealogy of the Family of George Marsh by Elizer Jewett Marsh.
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The Marsh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marsh 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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