Origin of the Name Marron
The ancient history of the name Marron
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Marron
include Marren, Mearn, Maron and Maren. This name derived from the Gaelic O'Mearain sept that was located in Counties Armagh and Monaghan.
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.
The variant spelling Marren is chiefly found in County Sligo with the spelling Marron being more prevalent in County Monaghan. In the County Monaghan Hearth Money Rolls of 1665 the name is recorded as O'Maran, O'Marran and O'Meran. In the Census of 1659 O'Merran was recorded as a principal Irish name in Carrickfergus in County Antrim. Mearn is sometimes used as a synonym of Marron in Ballymena but there are also Scottish Mearn's there and in the surrounding area.
The Marron 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 Marron descendants.