Marsh - Surname Meaning

Marsh. —Distributed over the greater part of England, but rare or absent north of Notts 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. Lower says that the surname has existed in Kent since the 14th century.

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain (1890) by Henry Brougham Guppy

This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'at the marsh' (from residence thereby), i.e. swamp, bog. Low Latin, mariscus; M.E. mersche.

Isabel ate Mershe, Oxfordshire, 1273 Hundred Rolls.

John in le Merse, Oxfordshire, ibid.

1567. Married — Peter Foxe and Elizabeth Marshe St. Michael, Cornhill.

1567-8. William Woods and Isabel Marsh: Marriage Lic. (London).

A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, written: 1872-1896 by Charles Wareing Endell Bardsley

Parishes in cos. 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.

Patronymica Britannica, written: 1838-1860 by Mark Antony Lower

(Teutonic.) Maresche, Morass, a fen, a tract of low, wet land.

An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names (1857) by William Arthur

Marsh - Surname Distribution

Marsh Distribution in the United Kingdom in 1881

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* Statistics based on the 1881 census of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands & Isle of Man

Highest Incidence of Marshs in UK Counties and Dependencies

RankCountyNo. of People% of Region
1Lancashire43450.13
2Kent22070.22
3Middlesex20070.07
4Yorkshire15970.06
5Staffordshire12230.12
6Surrey9630.07
7Hampshire8500.14
8Somerset7850.17
9Dorset6720.35
10Derbyshire5410.12
11Gloucestershire5120.09
12Nottinghamshire5010.13
13Essex4990.09
14Sussex4330.09
15Cheshire4270.07
16Wiltshire3660.14
17Suffolk3650.10
18Worcestershire3140.08
19Cambridgeshire3080.17
20Warwickshire2750.04
21Durham2270.03
22Monmouthshire2160.10
23Lincolnshire2120.05
24Shropshire1840.07
25Devon1820.03
26Glamorganshire1710.03
27Northamptonshire1500.05
28Norfolk1310.03
29Leicestershire800.03
30Hertfordshire800.04
31Berkshire790.04
32Oxfordshire680.04
33Northumberland630.01
34Cumberland530.02
35Buckinghamshire520.03
36Bedfordshire360.02
37Channel Islands320.04
38Lanarkshire29-
39Carmarthenshire160.01
40Cornwall15-
41Renfrewshire140.01
42Herefordshire140.01
43Flintshire140.02
44Isle of Man110.02
45Huntingdonshire110.02
46Montgomeryshire90.01
47Aberdeenshire7-
48Radnorshire60.02
49Merionethshire60.01
50Denbighshire5-
51Stirlingshire5-
52Midlothian4-
53Cardiganshire40.01
54Argyll3-
55Roxburghshire30.01
56Bute30.02
57Pembrokeshire2-
58Perthshire2-
59Ayrshire1-
60Anglesey1-
61Fife1-
62Brecknockshire1-
63Caernarfonshire1-

Highest Incidence of Marshs in UK Settlements

RankSettlementNo. of People% of Settlement
1Sedgley4631.26
2Manchester4330.09
3Prescot3460.35
4Sheffield3080.15
5Bolton le Moors2800.24
6Wigan2770.32
7Stepney2360.06
8Portsea2070.18
9Islington2040.07
10Dudley2000.43
11Blackburn1860.15
12St Pancras1850.08
13Bristol1850.12
14Kensington1830.11
15Leigh1620.51
16Lambeth1620.06
17Hindley1521.03
18Camberwell1510.08
19Birmingham1450.06
20Folkestone1380.71
21Penistone1281.69
22West Ham1260.10
23Westminster1210.05
24Warrington1180.27
25St Marylebone1080.07
26Poplar1060.12
27Atherton1030.82
28Glastonbury1032.65
29Shoreditch990.08
30Ashton in Makerfield980.62
31Dover950.63
32Battersea950.08
33Hackney940.06
34Liverpool930.04
35Chelsea920.10
36Deal891.05
37Brighton890.09
38Aston juxta Birmingham880.05
39Paddington870.08
40Nottingham850.07
41Walsall850.14
42Canterbury830.38
43Bedminster780.18
44Southwark770.08
45Charlton by Dover741.12
46Leeds730.03
47Newington730.07
48Deane710.27
49Salford710.07
50Preston710.07
51West Bromwich700.12
52Bradfield690.62
53Prestwich690.29
54Rochdale680.06
55Newport660.20
56Bury650.08
57London650.06
58Oldham640.06
59Doncaster630.24
60Bermondsey610.07
61Lewisham600.11
62Derby590.08
63Clarborough582.02
64Stoke upon Trent580.06
65Toxteth Park570.05
66Willenhall560.30
67Hougham550.92
68Croydon540.07
69Ecclesall Bierlow540.09
70Brampton520.84
71Street512.00
72Ash-next-Sandwich512.31
73Ashton under Lyne510.07
74Attercliffe510.19
75Ecclesfield490.23
76Tottenham490.11
77Skelmersdale490.85
78Horningsham496.03
79Beaminster482.25
80Tipton480.16
81Hove480.22
82Upholland471.06
83Runcorn470.22
84Cambridge460.13
85Plymouth450.06
86Farnworth450.22
87Rowley Regis440.16
88Great Budworth440.24
89Gorton440.13
90Walcot440.18
91Whitstable430.88
92Faversham430.45
93Halliwell430.34
94Hastings430.10
95West Wratting437.26
96Bradpole432.74
97Poole410.57
98Kingswinford390.11
99Southampton390.07
100Swingfield3910.08

Marsh Distribution in Ireland in 1901

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* Statistics based on the 1901 census or Ireland

Highest Incidence of Marshs in Irish Counties

RankCountyNo. of People% of Region
1Dublin450.01
2Tyrone320.02
3Westmeath300.05
4Antrim260.01
5King's County230.04
6Clare200.02
7Cork18-
8Kildare170.03
9Tipperary90.01
10Wexford90.01
11Down9-
12Louth90.01
13Mayo8-
14Kilkenny80.01
15Kerry8-
16Londonderry5-
17Meath50.01
18Queen's County50.01
19Limerick2-

Highest Incidence of Marshs in Irish Settlements

RankSettlementNo. of People% of Settlement
1Dublin270.01
2Kilseily201.62
3Belfast200.01
4Kilcumreagh171.56
5Donoghenry150.44
6Kilmanaghan151.13
7Cork140.01
8Tullanisken90.55
9Dundalk90.06
10Bodenstown83.74
11Kilcleagh80.30
12Killarney70.09
13Naas70.16
14Kilmoremoy70.11
15Donagheady70.13
16Famma615.00
17Clondalkin60.33
18Athlone60.08
19St Mary's50.10
20Ardfinnan50.80
21Kells50.17
22Carrickfergus40.05
23Carrigrohane40.24
24Clonmacnois40.18
25Hollywood40.02
26Donnybrook30.03
27Wexford30.03
28Clonagheen30.08
29Balrothery30.13
30Magheradroll20.05
31Monkstown20.01
32Derryaghy20.07
33Castleknock20.04
34Callan20.08
35Innishargey20.08
36Castropetre20.07
37Dunfort20.56
38Newchapel10.16
39Cappagh10.02
40Kilbarron10.16
41Killala10.11
42Croghane10.15
43Rosenallis10.04
44Lea10.03
45Kilcavan10.06
46Dromore10.01
47Glendermot10.01
48Cumber Upper10.03
49Tralee10.01
50Lemanaghan10.05
51Booterstown10.03
52Limerick1-
53Coleraine10.02
54Tullybracky10.23
55Lucan10.08
56Kilfithmone10.60

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