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Marshall Name Meaning

English and Scottish: status name or occupational name from Middle English, Old French maresc(h)al ‘marshal’. The term is of Germanic origin (compare Old High German marah ‘horse’, ‘mare’ + scalc ‘servant’). Originally it denoted a man who looked after horses, but by the heyday of medieval surname formation it denoted on the one hand one of the most important servants in a great household (in the royal household a high official of state, one with military responsibilities), and on the other a humble shoeing smith or farrier. It was also an occupational name for a medieval court officer responsible for the custody of prisoners. An even wider range of meanings is found in some other languages: compare for example Polish Marszalek (see Marszalek). The surname is also borne by Jews, presumably as an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Marschall, Marchal, Parshall, Marszalek, Marshal, Minshall, Marchand

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Marshall Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Marshall name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Marshall. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    48%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    19%

  • Germanic Europe

    7%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    4%

  • Benin/Togo

    3%

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Marshall Family Origin

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Marshall Family Occupations

What did your Marshall ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Marshall. A less common occupation for the Marshall family was Farm Laborer. The most common Marshall occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Marshall's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    34%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    3%

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Marshall Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Marshall. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Marshall census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 242,000 immigration records available for the last name Marshall. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 238,000 military records available for the last name Marshall. For the veterans among your Marshall ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Marshall Life Expectancy

What is the average Marshall lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Marshall life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Marshall in 1940 was 32, and 74 in 2004.

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