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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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