The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall
, the homeland to the Marvel family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames
arose is interesting. Local
surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Marvel family originally lived in Cornwall, in the village of Merryfield.
Early Origins of the Marvel family
The surname Marvel was first found in Cornwall
, where this prominent family flourished. Walter Merifild was recorded in Devon
in 1200 but it is believed the family had established itself earlier in St. Columb, Cornwall.
Early History of the Marvel family
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Marvel Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Merrifield, Merrifild, Merefield, Merrefield, Merrifeild, Merefeild, Maryfield, Meryfield, Meryfeld, Merryfield, Merrivale, Merivale, Marrivale, Merevale, Meervale, Merrivall, Merryvall and many more.
Early Notables of the Marvel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Marvel family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Marvel or a variant listed above:
Marvel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Marvel, who landed in Virginia in 1622 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Marvel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- William Marvel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Contemporary Notables of the name Marvel (post 1700)
- John Marvel, American rancher and politician, Member of the Nevada Assembly 1978-2008 as a Republican
- James Marvel, American stage director
- Elizabeth Marvel (b. 1969), American actress, known for True Grit (2010), Burn After Reading (2008) and The District (2000)
- Carl Shipp Marvel (1894-1988), American polymer chemist, awarded the 1956 Priestley Medal and the 1986 National Medal of Science, presented by President Ronald Reagan
- Andy Marvel (b. 1958), born Andrew Michael Saidenberg, an American songwriter and music producer, known for his songs "Shy Guy", "With You", and "Treat Her Like a Lady"