Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the township of Saltmarsh which was in the parish of Howden in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Saltmersh is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages people were very conscious of the variations in their surroundings including the soil types. In this case the original bearers of the surname Saltmersh were named due to their close proximity to a salt marsh.
Early Origins of the Saltmersh family
Yorkshire where the first record of the name was William Saltmarsh, Latinized De Salso Marisco, witnessed a grant of Richard Strongbow in the 12th century. Sir Richard Saltmarsh was one of the knights of that shire 17. Edward II. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. Saltmarsh is a a township, in the parish and union of Howden, wapentake of Howdenshire, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. "The Hall is a handsome stone mansion, with a well-wooded lawn and pleasure-grounds, the seat of the Saltmarsh family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Saltmersh family
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Saltmersh Spelling Variations
Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Saltmersh include Saltmarsh, Saltmarshe and others.
Early Notables of the Saltmersh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Saltmersh family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Saltmersh or a variant listed above: Thomas Saltmarsh who was banished to Barbados in 1685.
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