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

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

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

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

Torrie Marsh
I cant trace my family history which sucks

jed marsh
the name marsh is a very popular last name

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

James Marsh

Does anyone know if our name comes from anywhere else?

Randy Marsh

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

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.


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


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.

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.

David Sturch ( scouse) )

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

My mom last name is marsh and my grandmother and my uncles

Kristy Marsh
I'm a Marsh and am having trouble with locating family history too! Im from Illinois and my whole like I was told our name came from Ireland and that's why I have a "pug" nose! Hit me up if you'd like to

Joe Marsh
I'm a Marsh born in Indiana, with many Marshes in my family from Bloomington, Kokomo, and Muncie. Reports are that they emigrated from French Canada. Now we're in Houston, TX .

Joe Howard Marsh
Marsh from a marsh in Ireland, living in London, fathers background from Ireland

Juanita marsh
I am from Washington State as well my father rest his soul was born to Ire Marsh and Ivy Dale Williamson from Mississippi I would like to know to if my ancestors are from Ireland and germany


Anthony B Marsh
This is awesome I love you it my mother's from Mississippi originally

John Ernest Marsh looking for marsh,s warrington and wigan
I am looking for anyone who comes from Joseph and Mary (Bullock) Marsh married on 01 Nov 1787 in Wigan .There 2X Grandson Joseph born 1815, married Elizabeth ( Hesketh ) in Hindley Wigan 2 April 1835 he died 24 Jan 1879 at Houghton Le Spring. workhouse Durham. can any one help in Durham or Wigan thank you

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