Show ContentsMarshman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Marshman date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Marsham in Norfolk, or in the place called Mersham in Kent. [1] The surname Marshman belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Marshman family

The surname Marshman was first found in Norfolk at Marsham, a parish, in the union of Aylsham, hundred of South Erpingham. [2] The parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Marsam. [3] Literally the place name means "homestead or village by a marsh," from the Old English words "mersc" + "ham." [4] Mersham is a parish, in the union of East Ashford, hundred of Chart and Longbridge, lathe of Shepway. [2] The first record of the name was Leofstan aet Merseham c. 1060 who was listed in the reference Old English Bynames. Benjamin de Merseham was listed in the Feet of Fines of Kent in 1236 and John de Marsham was listed in the Coroner Rolls of London in 1336. [1] Some of the family were found at Stratton-Strawless in Norfolk since very early times. "The Hall, a large mansion of white brick, in a well-wooded park, is the seat of R. Marsham, Esq., in whose family it has remained since the time of Edward the First." [2]

Early History of the Marshman family

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Marshman Spelling Variations

Marshman has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Marshman have been found, including Marsham, Marshan, Marshom, Marshon, Marshman and others.

Early Notables of the Marshman family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Marsham, 1st Baronet of Cuckston (1602-1685), an English antiquary known as a writer on chronology; Sir John Marsham, 2nd Baronet (1637-1692); Sir John Marsham, 3rd Baronet (1679-1696); Sir Robert Marsham...
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United States Marshman migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Marshmans to arrive on North American shores:

Marshman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Marshman, a British convict, sent to Maryland in 1772
  • Jeremiah Marshman, who was on record in Boston in 1774
Marshman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Delia A. Marshman, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1894
Marshman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Eva Marshman, aged 33, who landed in America from Birmingham, in 1901
  • May Marshman, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Birmingham, in 1901
  • Burnett Marshman, aged 36, who landed in America from Farnborough, England, in 1907
  • Burnett Marshman, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from Exeter, England, in 1908
  • Burnet Marshman, aged 39, who landed in America from Exeter, England, in 1910

Australia Marshman migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Marshman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Marshman, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Caledonia" in 19th June 1822, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Marshman (post 1700) +

  • Donald M. "D.M." Marshman Jr. (1922-2015), American Academy Award winning, Golden Globe nominated screenwriter, best known for his script for Sunset Boulevard
  • Bobby Marshman (1936-1964), American racecar driver
  • Robert L. Marshman (1848-1907), American Republican politician, Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, 1897-1901 [6]
  • Homer H. Marshman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1952 [6]
  • John Clark Marshman (1794-1877), English journalist and historian
  • Jack Marshman (b. 1989), Welsh mixed martial artist
  • Hannah Marshman (1767-1847), Christian missionary in India
  • Joshua Marshman (1768-1837), Christian missionary in Bengal, India
  • Arthur Marshman, British architect
  • Lt. Colonel Frederick Marshman Bailey CIE (1882-1967), British intelligence officer and explorer

The Marshman Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non sibi sed patriae
Motto Translation: Not for himself, but for his country.

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  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th November 2020). Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook