Marsden Family History

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Marsden Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, so named from Old English mearc ‘boundary’ (see Mark 2) + denu ‘valley’ (see Dean 1), i.e. a valley forming a natural boundary.

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

Similar surnames: Marden, Ramsden, Barden, Harden, Marston, Marske, Gadsden, Warden

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Marsden Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Marsden name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Marsden Family Origin

Where is the Marsden family from?

Marsden Family Occupations

What did your Marsden ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Marsden family was Labourer. Coal Miner, Farmer and Cotton Weaver were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Marsden. The most common Marsden occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Marsden's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Cotton Weaver

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Marsden ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Marsden Historical Records

What Marsden family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 227,000 census records available for the last name Marsden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Marsden 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 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Marsden. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Marsden. For the veterans among your Marsden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Marsden Life Expectancy

What is the average Marsden lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Marsden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1957. The average life expectancy for Marsden in 1949 was 52, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Marsden ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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