Origin of the name MARCH.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MARCH.
MARCH.Arthurian. Tristan's uncle, the husband of Iseult. From Celtic march, meaning "horse."
March it is fabled that King March, one of Arthur's warriors, resided,
who had horse's ears. The same story is told of him as of
Midas. In order to conceal the fact, he killed every barber who
trimmed his hair, and then buried him in a swamp. A piper happened
to cut the reeds that grew there, but the pipe would play one tune,
"Mae clustiau march i Farch ab Meirchion," and the attendants
on the king, regarding this as an insult, fell on the piper and killed
him. But when one of them put the pipe to his lips, again it would
play no other tune. It was then discovered where the reed had been
cut, and the whole story came out.
March was the husband of the fair Iseult, who eloped
with Tristan, his nephew. Twenty-eight knights were sent in
pursuit, but failed to catch the runaways. However, at last they
were taken and brought before King Arthur, who decided that Iseult
should spend half the year with Tristan and half with March, and it was
left to the latter to decide whether he should have his wife with him
whilst foliage was on the trees or when they were bare. He chose
the latter, whereupon Iseult exultantly exclaimed, "Blessed be the
judgment of Arthur, for the holly and the ivy never drop their leaves,
but are ever green; so farewell for ever to King March." (A Book
of North Wales, Baring-Gould, 1903)