Last name: Marsh

This interesting surname, of Anglo-Saxon origin, is a topographical name for someone who lived by or in a marsh or fen, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "mersc" meaning "marsh". The surname dates back to the late 12th Century (see below). Further recordings include one Henry del Merse (1212) in the Curia Regis Rolls of Yorkshire, and Isabel ate Mershe (1273) in the Hundred Rolls of Oxfordshire. Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Mar, Mash, Marsch and Marsh. Recordings of the surname from the London Church Registers include; the marriage of Henry Marsh to Margaret Hayle, on December 3rd 1547, at St. Lawrence Jewry; on October 4th 1558, Hugh Marsh married Lucy Kyngston, at St. Mary Somerset; and the christening of Arther Marsh took place on May 13th 1562, at St. John, Hackney. One of the earliest settlers in America was John Marsh, aged 26 yrs., who sailed from the Port of London in May 1635, aboard the "Plaine Joane", bound for Virginia. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Godard le la Merse which was dated 1194, in the "Pipe Rolls of Somerset", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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David Sturch ( scouse) )

Lost friend PaulMarsh X. RAF Driver last camp was RAF. Weston on the green my face book is under Dave Stevens

Kyran Grimm

My ancestor Benjamin Marsh immigrated in 1829 from Wiltshire. He is from theMarsh family in Deane, Lancashire. 16th century. I can't trace any earlier but suggesting Kent and Somerset.


I'm a Marsh I live in Washington State USA I was told my Marsh family came from Ireland and Scotland by way of Wisconsin.. Any other Marsh's from Wisconsin please contact me! my family history pretty much stops there as my grandfather ran away from home as a young man and never looked back he eventually joined the US ARMY but never shared his family history except that we may be of Irish and Scottish decent. both his parent were immigrants. He also spent a lot of time in Alaska. His name was Herbert Marsh.


I'm a Marsh from Wisconsin, but I'm not sure I know of a Herbert Marsh, not that I'm very up on my family history.


I'm a Marsh from Wigan in the North West of England. :)


I am a marsh from Australia. There was more than just one Richard and John marsh. Some immigrated to Australia and New Zealand and others I'm not to sure about. I have managed to retrace back as far as 16 th century but not many records before that. Most of our men were tile and brick makers and wheel rights and carriage builders..a very important job and highly regarded. Cheers to all my fellow marsh clan

Fred Marsh

There were 6-Marsh immigrants from England between 1620 and 1641 starting with John Marsh and my 8th great grandfather was Samuel Marsh the 5th to arrive from Essex, England and after taking his oath of loyalty was made a freeman in 1647. He later became one of the original 80 Elizabethtown Association to pioneer and settle about 500,000 acres of present day New Jersey in Union County. His son John Marsh also pioneered Rahway NJ and built one of the first saw mills along with a grist mill.....this is interesting stuff to me...there are presently over 5,000 descendants and 14 generations from Samuel.

Randy Marsh

I'm a Marsh from Colorado. Im a geologist to.

James Marsh

Does anyone know if our name comes from anywhere else?


I have been told it comes from England but I am a Marsh and my grandmother tells me our family name originated from Ireland, and also Scotland...Even Prussia... my family history stops shy of Elis island though... Rumor has it we are Marsh's from Ireland... who knows though..

Paul Marsh

Hi there all you Marsh's. I live in New Zealand. I'm a first generation born here. My parents were both born in London, England. About 5 generations ago my Father line moved from Suffolk to London. There establishing a Marsh Family Seal of Enfield, London. It is a prancing leopard with teeth and claws out. All the males before me as far back as we can trace range in height from 1.96m to 2.03m. Fair hair and blue eyes. I'm only 1.88m. Norfolk and Suffolk was settled my mainly Jutes from Denmark, Saxons from North Germany. The name Marsh in old English means 'fen' and the old German in Marsche. Almost all people of the name Marsh have English, German, Danish, Norse and Swedish origin. or a combination. The unofficial flag of Norfolk has the Swedish triple crown standard in it. Myself I an of Anglo Saxon genetics with mainly Danish and German blood. My Mother who is also English has a large Celtic genetic framework with a dash of Norman in their. IN HOC SIGNO VINCES is our motto. UNDER THIS SIGN WE WILL CONQUOR. If you are a Marsh be proud, you are of the finest blood lines history has produced.

Aalyx Marsh
I'm a Marsh! Originally from Plymouth and Hingham, MA

jed marsh
the name marsh is a very popular last name

Torrie Marsh
I cant trace my family history which sucks

I know Marsh`s here in Finland! Funny, huh?

Dan Marsh

They may well be my family. My Uncle married a Finn

Roger Marsh
Have traced my family back to John Marsh of Salem Mass. About 1640. You folks may want check in to this period.

Jack Marsh
A boy from England in London, from a whole family of 'Marsh'es and as it happens, Iam the only family member who is able tocarry on my name as there is no other boy with the name Marsh apart from me. My duty is to re-colonise the Marshes throughout my locality. Viva les Marshs

Mathew Marsh
Scattered throughout the Midwest here. Charles > Charles > Charles > Me. All four generations have lived in the same town.

ray marsh .
A bunch in NY. Myself Raymond. Only know as far up as my grandparents, John, & Emily.

Ashlea marsh
Im a marsh. The marsh side of my family originally came from somerset.thats all i can tell you. I only know of one other family called marsh but im sure theres loads about

Jim Marsh
Ashlea, I know 2 branches here that come from Somerset, Including me. jimwmarsh at hotmail dot com

denise davy
lot's of them Sean my name before I married was Marsh

Sean marsh
I'm really interested in finding out more about my anglo Saxon surname. guessing I must be descendant from a German tribe that still resides in England today.. don't you just love history, any other marsh's out there?

James Marsh

Im from western Kentucky and until I joined the army I had believed it was an uncommon name. I know our family came from ohio and some still reside there. Im stationed at fort Riley and have met 4 other Marsh's in about 8 weeks haha. Hailing from New York to California.


I'm a Marsh (maiden name).. My family is in Maryland

Odell Marsh

I am Odell Marsh, from Jamaica and there is an entire community in Jamaica with persons whose surname is Marsh. I too was told that the name originated from Ireland and that most of the earlier generation who were here in Jamaica had migrated to the USA and others went back to UK.