The surname of MARRA was a locational name 'of Marr' a small parish four miles from Doncaster and the Scotch Marrs are from the district of Marr in Aberdeen. The earliest of the name recorded appears to be MARRA (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name was derived from the Old English word 'mar' literally meaning the dweller at the fen or marsh land. The names of habitation are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named habitations. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and in fact whole countries. As a general rule, the further someone travelled from his place of origin, the broader the designation. Someone who stayed at home might be known by the name of his farm or locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of the county or region from which he originated. Other records of the name mention Johannes de Merre of Yorkshire, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Master David Marr was treasurer of Moray in 1358. John Marre, merchant of Aberdeen was given papers for a safe conduct into England in the year 1439. George Marr is recorded as gate keeper of the city bells in Edinburgh in 1734.
Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker.
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