First name origins & meanings:
- English: From the march
- Old English: Field near water
First name variations: Merle, Marsdon, Marston, Marley, Marden, Marwood, Mardyth, Marsden
Last name origins & meanings:
- English (southern Lancashire): habitational name from a minor
place in the parish of Rochdale, named from Old English mere
‘lake’, ‘pool’ + land ‘tract of land’, ‘estate’, ‘cultivated
land’. There may also have been some confusion with Markland.
- Dutch: habitational name from Maarland in Eijsden, Dutch
- possibly a variant of Dutch Merlan, from French
merlan ‘whiting’, a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman
or seller of these fish.
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