Show ContentsMash History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Mash is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mash 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.

Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the Old English word "mersc" and denoted a "dweller near a marsh." [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Mash family

The surname Mash was first found in Somerset where Godard de la Merse was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1194. Later, Henry del Merse was found in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1212 and William atte Mersche was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. The variant Mash dates back to 1524 when Robert Masshe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk. [1]

The name is "distributed over the greater part of England, but rare or absent north of Nottinghamshire and Lancashire. It has several centres, namely, in Cambridgeshire and Kent in the east, in Lancashire in the north, in Shropshire in the west, and in Wilts, Dorset, and Somerset in the south. Marsh is the name of a parish both in Shropshire and Kent." [3]

There are "parishes in counties Buckingham and Lincoln. The Kentish family appear to have been in that county from the XIV. cent. The Latinization is De Marisco, and the medieval form is Ate-Mershe. The equivalent name Marais is common in France." [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Isabel ate Mershe, Oxfordshire and John in le Merse, Oxfordshire. [2]

Early History of the Mash family

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Mash Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Mash include Marsh, Marsch, Marshe and others.

Early Notables of the Mash 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. The church of Deane in Bolton has a "very old...
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Mash Ranking

In the United States, the name Mash is the 12,003rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Mash family to Ireland

Some of the Mash family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Mash migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Mashs to arrive on North American shores:

Mash Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Mash, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [6]
  • William Mash, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [6]
  • Tho Mash, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [6]
  • Sara Mash, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [6]
  • Edward Mash, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [6]
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Mash Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Mash, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [6]
Mash Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Mash, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]

Canada Mash migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mash Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Rd Mash, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Mash migration to Australia +

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

Mash Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Mash (post 1700) +

  • Deborah Carmen Mash (b. 1952), American professor of neurology, and molecular and cellular pharmacology at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • Lloyd Ryan Mash (b. 1981), Australian first-class cricketer who played for the Victorian Bushrangers (2005-2010)

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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from
  8. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from on Facebook