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This ancient English surname of MARRIAGE was a locational name meaning one who came from 'Marriage Farm' a place in County Essex or from Marridge in County Devon. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form GEMAEREHAECC, literally meaning the dweller at the boundary ridge. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. The earliest of the name on record appears to be William MARRACH, who was recorded in County Essex in the year 1377. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. Later instances of the name include Thomas Egerton and Alice MARRIAGE, who were wed in London in the year 1616, and Stephen MARRIDGE and Susanna Browning were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1709. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.


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