The Marr Coat of Arms illustrated above [sic] was drawn by an heraldic artist from information officially recorded in ancient heraldic archives. Documentation for the Marr Coat of Arms design can be found in Burke's General Armory. Heraldic artists of old developed their own unique language to descrive an individual Coat of Arms. In their language, the Arms (shield) is as follows:

"Ar. a fret sa. on a canton of the last a dexter gauntler or."

Above the shield and helmet is the Crest which is described as:

"Two lions gambs erased in saltire or, in each a battle-axe, handles gu., blades ar."

When translated the blazon also describes the original colors of the Marr Arms and Crest as it appeared centuries ago.

A Motto was not recorded with this Marr Coat of Arms.

Individual surnames originated for the purpose of more specific identification. The four primary sources for second names were: occupation, location, father's name, or personal characteristics. The surname Marr appears to be locational in origin, and is believed to be associated with the English and Scott's, meaning, "native of Marr", the name of seven original provinces in Old Scotland, and "dweller at, or near a marsh pool or boundry." The supplementary sheet included with this report is designed to give you more information to further your understanding of the origin of names. Different spellings of the same original surname are a common occurrence. Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable spelling variations of Marr to be Mar, Mair, Marre, Marsh, Mars, Mairs, Marres, Marshs, Mairr, Mairrs, Mairre, Mairres, and Marrs. Although bearers of the old and distinguished Marr name comprise a small fraction of the population there are a number who have established for it a significant place in history. They include: CARL MARR (b. 1858) Painter and illustrator who studied abroad, being represented by the Museum of Art in Toledo which displayed his work, "Dusk"; the Metropolitan Museum in New York still holds "The Mystery of Life", which is considered to have been one of his best works. ALLEN MARR (1787-1843) Congressman who graduated from Princeton in 1807. Between 1829 and 1831, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives for the State of Pennsylvannia. JOSEF MARR (1809-1871) Painter who specialized in genre paintings, having studied under Suhr; in Alton of Rosenberg; and, at the Academies of Copenhagen and Munich, HEINRICH MARR (.1797) Actor and stage manager who, between 1827 and 1837, was the first to portray the part of "Mephistopheles" in Goethe's "Faust" which was presented in Brunswick, Germany. It has been said that he acquired a master in character roles that has been equalled by few actors.

No genealogical representation is intended or implied by this report and it does not represent individual lineage or your family tree.

NOTE:  The info came from BURKE'S GENERAL ARMORY, and was prepared 
in the format you see by :

Nancy L. Halbert

Contributor - Pat Marr


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