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Origins of the Marsh surname

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What does the name Marsh mean?

The origin of the Marsh surname is in England. It derives from the Middle English word 'mersche' (swamp or bog). It's a toponymical name, given to those who lived at or near low, swampy ground, and their lineage. It is well distributed in counties with this geographical feature, and over the centuries has spread across Britain.

Alternative variations of the name Marsh

Marsh, March, Marche, Marshe, Mersh

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Where do most Marshs live?

In 1921, most Marshs lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Marshs

How common is your surname?

156th most common surname in the UK

We have 228,000 records for the Marsh surname. The oldest one dates back to 1194.

Who were Marshs most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Marsh first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Marshs

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Marshs in 1921


Cotton Weaver




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


Common Male occupations for Marshs in 1921
Coal Miner


Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer


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