The ancestors of the Marshes family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived on the border between two territories, such as the Marches between England
or on the English Scottish borders. The name may also have emerged as a nickname
for someone born in the month of March.
Early Origins of the Marshes family
The surname Marshes 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.
Early History of the Marshes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marshes 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 Marshes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Marshes Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Marshes were recorded, including Marsh, Marsch, Marshe and others.
Early Notables of the Marshes 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... Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marshes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Marshes family to Ireland
Some of the Marshes 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Marshes family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Marshes arrived in North America very early: Alexander Marsh, who settled in Virginia in 1698; Arthur Marsh, who settled in Virginia in 1663; Hugh Marsh, who settled in Virginia in 1650; John Marsh, who settled in Virginia with Joseph in 1635.