The name Marshley reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Marshley family 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 Marshley family
The surname Marshley 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 Marshley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marshley 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 Marshley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Marshley Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Marshley family name include Marsh, Marsch, Marshe and others.
Early Notables of the Marshley 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 Marshley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Marshley family to Ireland
Some of the Marshley 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 Marshley family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Marshley family to immigrate North America: 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.