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Where did the French Marcus family come from? What is the French Marcus family crest and coat of arms? When did the Marcus family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Marcus family history?

The prominent surname Marcus originated in France, a country which has been a dominant presence in world affairs for centuries.The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in France were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Marcus is derived from the ancient Latin personal name Marcus, which indicated that the bearer was a follower of Mars, the Roman god of war and agriculture.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Marcoux, Marcout, Marcou, Marcoulx, Marcoutte, Marckoux, Marckout, Marckou, Marckoulx, Marckoutte, Markoux, Markout, Markoulx, Markoutte, Markou, Markoe and many more.

First found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where they were formerly seated in a village at the base of the Alps, in the valley of Loire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marcus research. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1662 and 1752 are included under the topic Early Marcus History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Marcus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marcus Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Isaac Marcus, who arrived in America in 1620
  • Charles Marcus, who arrived in Maryland in 1661

Marcus Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Lorento Marcus came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1710
  • Hermann Marcus came to Germantown in 1725
  • Peter Marcus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Simon Marcus, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752

Marcus Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Sophia Marcus, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • David Marcus, who landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Elias Marcus, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Roeschen Marcus, who landed in New York in 1850
  • Samuel Marcus, who landed in New York, NY in 1850


Marcus Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Abe Marcus, who landed in Mississippi in 1900
  • Morris Marcus, who landed in Mississippi in 1903
  • Louis Marcus, who arrived in Mississippi in 1903
  • Hermann Marcus, who landed in Arkansas in 1904

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  • Harold Stanley Marcus (1905-2002), American early president (1950-1972) and later chairman of the board (1972-1976) of the luxury retailer Neiman Marcus
  • Amy Dockser Marcus, American reporter who won the 2005 Pulitzer prize for Beat Reporting
  • Rudolph Arthur Marcus (b. 1923), Canadian chemist awarded the 1983/4 Wolf Prize in Chemistry and the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1992


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  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  10. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
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The Marcus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marcus Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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