The history of your name

The MARSH surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 60,999 494 0.023 226
United States (1880 census) 19,551 270 0.039 391
Change since 1880 +41448 -224 -0.016 -165
Other Countries
Australia 5,258 262 0.032 322
United Kingdom 28,944 172 0.063 630
Top States for MARSH by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 4,883 648 0.014 144
Florida 3,786 490 0.024 237
Texas 3,770 668 0.018 181
Michigan 3,093 284 0.031 311
New York 3,074 523 0.016 162
Top States for MARSH by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 304 385 0.039 388
New Hampshire 478 347 0.039 387
West Virginia 690 369 0.038 382
Montana 333 239 0.037 369
Vermont 213 411 0.035 350


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called MARSH live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called MARSH represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called MARSH in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a MARSH by picking someone at random in Delaware than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of MARSH

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the MARSH surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the MARSH surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of MARSH in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 860 1.41
White (Hispanic) 817 1.34
Native American/Alaskan 305 0.5
Asian/Pacific 256 0.42
White (Caucasian) 51,855 85.01
Black/African American 6,905 11.32

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the MARSH surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of MARSH in historical publications

t" MARSH. A termination of various local surnames, implying j;«?;.?, low and marsh}' ground, as Hindmarsh, Saltmarsh, Titmarsh.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

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

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to MARSH

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MARSH.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for MARSH

The following words are slight variants of MARSH that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.