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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (Lancashire) : habitational name from a place in the parish of Wigan (now in Greater Manchester), so called from Old English mearc ‘boundary’ + lanu ‘lane’.
  • English (Lancashire) : topographic name for someone who lived by a stretch of border or boundary land (see Mark) or a status name for someone who held land with an annual value of one mark.

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