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The name Murch arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Murch 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.

Murch Early Origins



The surname Murch was first found in Cambridgeshire at March, a market town and civil parish in the Isle of Ely area in the parish of Doddington, union and hundred of North Witchford. The town lies on the course of the Fen Causeway, a Roman road, and there is evidence of Roman settlements in the area. "Between this town and Wisbech, urns inclosing burnt bones, and a vessel containing 160 Roman denarii of different emperors, were discovered in the year 1730." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Merche [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
, it derives its name from the Old English word "mearc." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Henry le March and William le March, both in Cambridgeshire; and Philip le march in Oxfordshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Johannes de la Marche; Ricardus del Marche; and Agnes del Marche. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
William de la Marche was listed in Cheshire in 1295. [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Murch Spelling Variations


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Murch Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include March, Marche and others.

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Murch Early History


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Murch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murch research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1473, 1336, 1338, 1413, 1380, 1334, 1410, 1410 and 1430 are included under the topic Early Murch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Murch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Murch Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Pere March (1336/1338-1413), a Valencian poet, family had been lawyers and officers of the court of the kingdom of Aragon, undertook several important diplomatic missions, traveling to England for the first Alfonso twice in the...

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Murch or a variant listed above:

Murch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Murch, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John Murch, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Barnstaple, in 1892
  • A. W. Murch, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • James Murch, aged 47, who settled in Boston, in 1898

Murch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jean Martin Murch, aged 35, who settled in America from Paris, in 1900
  • Frank J. Murch, aged 24, who settled in America from England, in 1903
  • Harry Murch, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1905
  • Gertrude Murch, aged 6, who emigrated to America from Plymouth, in 1906
  • Blanche A. Murch, aged 40, who emigrated to Plymouth, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Murch Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Anna C. Murch, aged 37, who emigrated to Canada, in 1908
  • George Joseph Murch, aged 37, who emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1920

Murch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Murch, aged 37, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • James Murch, aged 36, a quarryman, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Magdelana"

Murch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Philip M. Murch, aged 29, a baker, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Catherine Murch, aged 25, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Robert Murch, aged 31, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Ruth Murch, aged 26, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841

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Contemporary Notables of the name Murch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Murch (post 1700)



  • Walter Tandy Murch (1907-1967), American realist painter
  • Thompson Henry Murch (1838-1886), American politician, stonecutter, editor, publisher and merchant
  • Simeon Augustus "Simmy" Murch (1880-1939), American Major League Baseball player
  • Thompson Henry Murch (1838-1886), American politician, Representative from Maine 5th District, 1879-83
  • L. H. Murch, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 27th District, 1865-67
  • Henry S. Murch Jr., American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Portsmouth 2nd Ward, 1956
  • Donald H. Murch, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 21st District, 1961
  • Bertrand L. Murch, American politician, Independent Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Chippewa County, 1958
  • Alfred L. Murch, American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Penobscot County, 1919-20
  • Walter Murch (b. 1943), Academy Award–winning film editor/sound designer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Murch Historic Events


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Murch Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Theodore Edward Murch, English Ship Write Lieutenant from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. J Murch, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Edward William Lionel Murch, English Lieutenant from England, who sailed on the HMS Prince of Wales prior to its sinking to return for a promotion

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Tom Murch (b. 1900), British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  11. ...

The Murch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murch Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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