Show ContentsMarshburn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Marshburn reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Marshburn family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Marshburn family 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.

Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the Old English word "mersc" and denoted a "dweller near a marsh." [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Marshburn family

The surname Marshburn was first found in Somerset where Godard de la Merse was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1194. Later, Henry del Merse was found in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1212 and William atte Mersche was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. The variant Mash dates back to 1524 when Robert Masshe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk. [1]

The name is "distributed over the greater part of England, but rare or absent north of Nottinghamshire and Lancashire. It has several centres, namely, in Cambridgeshire and Kent in the east, in Lancashire in the north, in Shropshire in the west, and in Wilts, Dorset, and Somerset in the south. Marsh is the name of a parish both in Shropshire and Kent." [3]

There are "parishes in counties Buckingham and Lincoln. The Kentish family appear to have been in that county from the XIV. cent. The Latinization is De Marisco, and the medieval form is Ate-Mershe. The equivalent name Marais is common in France." [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Isabel ate Mershe, Oxfordshire and John in le Merse, Oxfordshire. [2]

Early History of the Marshburn family

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Marshburn Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Marsh, Marsch, Marshe and others.

Early Notables of the Marshburn family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was George Marsh (1515-1555), a Protestant martyr born in the parish of Deane near Bolton. He was executed in April 1555 as a result of the Marian Persecutions carried out against Protestant Reformers and other dissenters during the reign of Mary I of England. The church of Deane in Bolton has a "very old...
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Marshburn Ranking

In the United States, the name Marshburn is the 11,344th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Marshburn family to Ireland

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

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Marshburn name or one of its variants:

Marshburn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Herbert E. Marshburn, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Marion Marshburn, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Oscar Marshburn, aged 22, who immigrated to Whittier, California, in 1919
  • Sylvester Marshburn, aged 21, who settled in La Verne,California, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Marshburn (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Henry "Tom" Marshburn M.D. (b. 1960), American physician and NASA Astronaut with over 376 hours in space, Mission Specialist on STS-127 [6]
  • Sarah Marshburn, American Biology professor at Appalachian State University, North Carolina

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Thomas Marshburn. Retrieved from on Facebook