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Where did the English Marshburn family come from? What is the English Marshburn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Marshburn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Marshburn family history?

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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marshburn research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 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 Marshburn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marshburn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Marshburn 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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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 emigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Oscar Marshburn, aged 22, who emigrated to Whittier, California, in 1919
  • Sylvester Marshburn, aged 21, who settled in La Verne,California, in 1919

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


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

This page was last modified on 16 July 2014 at 07:40.

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