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Marchant Name Study

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One Name Studies - Marchant

The goal of this project is to

  • Research the name of Marchant and it's variants.
  • Detail as many 'discreet' Marchant families as possible.
  • Compile a history of the 'families'
  • Help other WikiTreers research and build their Marchant family trees.

Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Roy Hopwood.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • finding Marchant families
  • Research the history of the various Marchant families.
  • verifying and citing sources
  • adding the results to the appropriate Marchant family
  • adding to and / or modifying this task list as required.

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!

How to Participate

Please contact the Study's coordinator Roy Hopwood or post a comment to the right. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name.

The hope is that other Marchant researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Task List

  • Collate a list of study names
  • Detail source information
  • Are there orphaned profiles that need improvement?
  • Are there unsourced profiles with the surname?
  • are there unconnected profiles with the surname?
  • Assemble trees were possible
  • List research references, i.e. Family Search; Ancestry etc
  • Detail research methodologies.


My interest in the Marchant name was sparked after I married Deborah 'Debbie' Marchant. This branch of the Marchant's are from Bath, in Somerset, England.

I understand that another Marchant family (not related) is also from Bath, England. There are others as well, including, Marchants from: Kent, England; Guernsey, Channel Isles; USA; Canada; Australia; South Africa; New Zealand; Argentina.

If you are a Marchant or related to one, and they came from Freshford In Somerset there is a good chance you are from the same branch of the Marchant Family as my wife's family. If that is the case I have a 30 page manuscript along with 9 pages of Family trees. This is: Marchant Family History [1] This study was researched and compiled by one of my Relatives Arthur Noel Marchant from Western Australia. It is interesting to note that all of this was done pre computers.


Marchant Families



  • Freshford
John Marchant 1617 - is the earliest confirmed Marchant in the Arthur Noel (Noel) Marchant study Marchant Family History (unpublished) of this branch of the Marchant's.
Noel mentions several earlier names, the earliest being a Adam le Marchant from Wells, he suggests that there was very probably even earlier members of the family.
The early family was from Wells and later moved to Freshford.
In 1840 some Marchants sailed on the Fairlie [2] to Glenelg in South Australia, Australia. As the family grew the Marchant's could be found throughout South Australia and a branch settled in Albany in Western Australia, Australia.
On the origins of the Marchant's Noel mentions, 2 possibilities: 1 from the ancient Celts and 2 from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. If the latter is the case them there is a strong possibility that there is a French connection.
We do know that Guernsey is a Marchant stronghold, so it is highly likely that there is a connection to the other Marchant families throughout England.

  • Yeovil


Channel Islands


The earliest reference to Marchant on Guernsey is Hon. Capt Drou(e)t le Marchant [3] - born circa 1426 and dying circa 1493.



George Marchant (1857-1941), manufacturer and philanthropist, was born on 25 November 1857 at Brasted, Kent, England, son of Richard Marchant, licensed victualler, and his wife Sarah, née Mills. George, a farm labourer, arrived in Brisbane in the Ramsey on 9 June 1874. 'Friendless and practically penniless', he worked in the country as a gardener and station-hand and, on returning to Brisbane, as a carter for an aerated waters factory. He married Mary Jane Dwyer, a dressmaker, on 1 September 1877 with Presbyterian forms.

South Australia

William Lavington Marchant in 1840 along with his wife, Eliza Balne and children arrived in Glenelg, South Australia on the Fairlie.

Western Australia


Although John Marchant 1546 - 1591 was born in Kent he spent most of his life on the USA.[4]


New Zealand

Notable people with the surname Marchant

Names include:
  • Chesten Marchant (died 1676), last monoglot Cornish speaker[5]
  • Edward Dalton Marchant [6] (1806–1887), American artist
  • George Marchant (1857–1941), Australian soft-drink manufacturer and philanthropist
  • Henry Marchant[7] (1741–1796), American lawyer and delegate to the Continental Congress (1777 to 1779)
  • Sir Herbert Stanley Marchant[8] 20th Century British diplomat and writer.
  • Jeremy Marchant Forde[9] (born 1966), English biologist.
  • John Le Marchant[10] (British Army officer, born 1766) (1766–1812), English major-general.
  • Sir John Le Marchant[11] (British Army officer, born 1803) (1803–1874), English general and Governor of Newfoundland.
  • Julio Marchant[12] (born 1980), Argentine football (soccer) player
  • Katy Marchant[13] (born 1993), British track cyclist
  • Kenny Marchant[14] (born 1951), Republican member of US House of Representatives
  • Stephen Marchant[15] (1912–2003), Australian geologist and amateur ornithologist
  • Stephen Marchant[16] (actor), Irish actor
  • Todd Marchant[17] (born 1973), American ice hockey player
  • Tony Marchant[18] (playwright) (born 1959), British playwright and television dramatist
  • William "Frenchie" Marchant[19], Northern Irish loyalist and Ulster Volunteer Force member

See also

  • Joker Marchant Stadium[20], baseball field located in Lakeland, Florida
  • Marchant Calculator[21], American company, founded in 1911 by Rodney and Alfred Marchant
  • Marchand (surname)
  • Merchant (surname)


  1. Marchant, Arthur Noel. Marchant Family History. Osborne Park, Western Australia 6017. 11 November 1981. Pages 1 - 30
  3. [1]

Research Notes

Research Required

  • Are there any weak links that need more sources?
  • Post your direct family line as a family unit and invite others to do the same. The goal is to find a link between family units using traditional and/or DNA research.


  • Are there any published books based on your surname with possible links?
  • Historical societies in your geographical area of study that hold files on your surname?
  • Family Historical Societies?
  • Websites that are dedicated to your surname?

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  • Surname Origins and/or Surname Meaning section.
  • DNA section. See the information on DNA
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