The Name Murch and its Various Origins
There are several explanations to the name MURCH and its origins, not all necessarily the right explanations for your ancestors, however, all opinions seem to state that it originates mainly from Devon. There are also many crests with no explanation as to how they are created, many may be just creations of commercial crest creators. So, heres a collection of some of the crests and name origins from different sources:
Meanings of the Name Murch
English people prior to the 8th century A.D. were fond of endearment nicknames and these developed into medieveal surnames. One of the reasons for introducing surnames was for the purpose of collecting taxes. So endearments including Dear and Darling, Little and Mann became common surnames. Curiously 'Murch' translates as 'Little man' being originally recorded in the form of 'Morch' . Morch or Murch did not achieve the same popularity as the other names. However, the name has been around for a very long time. It has also been suggested the 'Murch' is a medieval theatrical surname, possibly given to an actor who played a specific part in the travelling theatres of the 14th century, but this cannot be substantiated.
The name also appears in Scotland under the patronymic form 'Murchison'. The origins are not connected though as Muchison is an anglised spelling of the ancient gaelic 'Mhurchaidh', which means 'Sea Warrior'. It is merely sounds like version of 'Murch'.
Some of the earliest recorded written references to a Murch are to Edward Murch, who was a witness at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on March 15th 1628. Also John Murch, who married Martha Triggs at St Katherines by the Tower, London, on June 23rd 1717.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geoffrey Morch, dated 1327, in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk, during the reign of King Edward 3rd known as 'The father of the English Navy' 1327-1377.
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. (1) 'at the march,' from residence thereby, i.e. the boundary line; v. March. (2) 'At the marsh,' from residence thereby, i.e. the swamp; v. Marsh. This variant seems to be of West country parentage.
Robert in the Merche, Somerset, 1 Edward III: Kirby's Quest.
1772. Married — William Murch and Esther Mitchell: St. George, Hanover Square.
— A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: 1872-1896 by Charles Wareing Endell Bardsley