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

The Marquard surname comes from the Middle Low German words "mark," or "borderland," and "ward(e)" meaning "guardian." As such, it is thought to have originally been an occupational name for a guardian of border area.

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Marquard include Marquard, Marquart, Marquarde, Marquardes, Marquards, Marquarte, Marquartes, Marquartts, Marquardds, Marquardt, Markard, Markhard and many more.

First found in Hessen, where the name was closely identified in the early period of history with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout Europe. The name would later emerge as an influential noble family, having many distinguished branches, and well known for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marquard research. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1819, and 1861 are included under the topic Early Marquard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Marquard were

Marquard Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Martin Marquard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Anna Magdalena Marquard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Hans Georg Marquard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752

Marquard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Friedr Marquard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Friedrich Marquard came to Philadelphia in 1800
  • John Henry Marquard, aged 24, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Heinrich Marquard, aged 22, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Sophie Marquard, aged 26, arrived in America in 1849


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  • Richard William "Rube" Marquard (1886-1980), American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball in the early twentieth century


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortitudine et fidelitate
Motto Translation: By fortitude and fidelity.

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The Marquard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marquard 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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