Origin of the Name Marley
The origin of the name Marley
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Marley is often of English origin being a locational name from any of the various places so called in Devon, Kent, and West Yorkshire. A Northumbrian family took this surname to Ireland in the year 1675 and settled in County Longford. The names Marlay, Marilly and Marley in Ireland are taken from the native Gaelic O'Mearlaigh sept of Oriel.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
References to the name are frequent in the seventeenth century Hearth Money Rolls for Counties Armagh and Monaghan and in the Dowdall Deeds in County Louth. In the Census of 1659 O'Marley is listed as a principal Irish name in County Armagh. A well-known person of the name was Thomas Marley, who was Chief Justice of the King's Bench in 1756. In modern times most bearers of the name are found in the north-west of the country around Counties Donegal and Mayo.
The Marley coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Marley descendants.