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The MARSHALL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 177,213 125 0.066 657
United States (1880 census) 38,367 123 0.077 767
Change since 1880 +138846 -2 -0.011 -110
Other Countries
Australia 14,145 73 0.087 865
United Kingdom 65,110 62 0.142 1,418

'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.

Classification and Origin of MARSHALL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Status Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the MARSHALL 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 MARSHALL 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 MARSHALL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 744 0.42
White (Caucasian) 122,082 68.89
Black/African American 46,696 26.35
Mixed Race 3,225 1.82
White (Hispanic) 2,906 1.64
Native American/Alaskan 1,559 0.88

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

Meaning of MARSHALL in historical publications

MARSHALL. This word has doubled its meaning in a very singular fashion. Cotgrave sa)'s — " a marshal 1 of a kingdome or of a campe (an honourable place) ; also a black-smith ; also a farrier, horse-leech, or horse-smith; also a harbinger." Richardson gives theetjmion, Fv.mares-cJial; Dutch, ■maer, a horse, and acialck, a servant, literally "a servant who takes care of horses." By degrees the word acquired a more dignified meaning, and was applied to the "magister equorum" or master of the cavahy, and other offices of state, some of which were not connected with horses, but with the management of great jjublic affairs. Hence, under the anc'wn regime, the Great Slarshals of France, governors of provinces, &c., as well as the Earl-Marshal of England, the Lord Marischal of Scotland, &c. Hence the verb to 'marshal' is to arrange, either soldiers on a hattle-field, or armorial coats in the field of heraldry, besides other meanings. The surname though sometimes derived from the sujerior occupation or "honour

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

A name of office--master of the horse, anciently, one who had command of all persons not above princes. Teut., Marschalk; French, Mareschal.

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

Similar names to MARSHALL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MARSHALL.

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Potential typos for MARSHALL

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