What does the name Marshall mean?
The Marshall surname is English in origin, and thought to have arrived with the Norman conquest, appearing in records as early as the 1100s. Marshall is believed to be an occupational surname, coming from the same root as the French 'marechal' (farrier or horse-servant). It was given to those who worked with horses, from the masters of horses (the title itself later became applied to those who were in dignified and honourable office) to those who cared for them as grooms or farriers. More rarely, the surname Marshall could be applied to someone who had a particular love of horses and their descendants.
The earliest occurrence of the Marshall surname in our family history documents is from 1404, and we currently have 2,277,692 records where Marshall appears.
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Typical jobs for Marshalls
Hard-working people, the Marshalls. 2598 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Marshalls lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Marshall in Yorkshire.
Marshalls’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Marshalls were angels, apparently. We found 2388 in criminal records.
Marshalls in World War I
According to the World War I records, 3906 Marshalls served in the First World War.