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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Marsh
A tract of soft wet land, commonly covered partially or wholly with water; a fen; a swamp; a morass.

Etymology: OE. mersch, AS. mersc, fr. mere lake. See Mere pool, and cf. Marish Morass

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  1. Low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water ("thousands of acres of marshland")
  2. New Zealand writer of detective stories (1899-1982)
  3. United States painter (1898-1954)
Wiktionary

From Middle English mersh, mershe, from Old English merisc, mersc, from Proto-Germanic *mariskaz (compare West Frisian mersk, Dutch meers (“grassland, meadow”), German Marsch), from *mari ‘mere’. More at mere.

  1. An area of low, wet land, often with tall grass.

Notable Persons Named Marsh

Marsh Giddings was a Governor of New Mexico Territory. Marsh was born on November 19th, 1816 in Sherman, Connecticut. He breathed his last breath on June 3rd, 1875.

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Marsh was born on June 26th, 1910. Marsh is also known as Ryman and Marshall W.. He breathed his last breath on January 31st, 1992.

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Marsh Williams was a baseball player. Marsh was born on February 21st, 1893 in Faison, North Carolina. He breathed his last breath on February 22nd, 1935.

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His most notable accomplishments were from 1935 to 1950. Marsh was born on January 31st, 1919 in Edinburgh. He died on October 27th, 2009.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Marsh

Jodie was given the name Jodie Louise Marsh on December 23rd, 1978 in Brentwood, Essex, England.

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Jean Marsh is an actress and writer. Her career lasted from 1953 to 1953. Jean was given the name Jean Lyndsey Torren Marsh on July 1st, 1934 in Stoke Newington, London, England.

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Kym Marsh is an actress, singer, and songwriter. Kym was given the name Kimberley Gail Marsh on June 13th, 1976 in Whiston, Merseyside, England. Kym is also known as Kym Ryder and Kym Lomas.

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Dottie West was a country music and country pop musician. She was most active from 1959 to 1959. Dottie was given the name Dorothy Marie Marsh on October 11th, 1932 in Smithville, Tennessee, U.S. She left this life on September 4th, 1991.

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Stan Marsh is a student at south park elementary, former paper boy, and paperboy. Stan is also known as Toolshed.

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James Marsh is a director. James was born on April 30th, 1963 in Truro, Cornwall, UK.

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Popularity of Marsh as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Marsh U.S.
  White 82.74% 64.26%
  African American 12.04% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.90% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.22% 16.26%

Of Last Name Marsh

People with the last name Marsh are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Marsh

  • How Popular is the name Marsh? Marsh is the 18,984th most popular name of all time. As a last name Marsh was the 537th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Marsh have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 385 babies born with the first name Marsh in the United States. That's more than enough people named Marsh to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Marsh? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Marsh first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Marsh is Monday, September 18th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Marsh born? The highest recorded use of the first name Marsh was in 1956 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Marsh: Your name in reverse order is Hsram. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hsmar. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Marsh? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 62,304 people with the last name Marsh.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Marsh? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 21 of them will have Marsh as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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