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Origins Available: French, Spanish

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

The name Marquez comes from the ancient culture of France. It was a Norman name for a nobleman who ranked just below the level of an Earl and is derived from the Old French word Marquis which signified this lofty position.

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There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Marquis, Marques, Marquise, Marquy, Marqui, Marcquis, Marquess and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), in Pas-de-Calais in the arrondissement of Boulogne-sur-Mer, where they held a family seat since the very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marquez research. Another 122 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marquez History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Marquez has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Marquez were

  • Juan Márquez, who arrived with his wife in America in 1511
  • Catalina Márquez, who arrived in America in 1517
  • Lope Márquez, who settled in Cartagena in 1534
  • Domingo Márquez, who settled in Río de la Plata in 1535
  • Inés Márquez, who opted for New Spain in 1536

Marquez Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Luis Marquez, who landed in America in 1813
  • Pedro Marquez, who landed in America in 1813
  • Jose Marquez, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • José Márquez, who opted for Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Antonio Marquez, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816


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  • Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982
  • Vernon O Marquez, Canadian business executive and Chairman of Bishop's University Dept. of Business Administration
  • Carlos D Márquez, Argentine military official and politician
  • Alfredo C Márquez, Chief Judge
  • Jorge Valladares Marquez (1891-1962), poet from Guatemala
  • Felipe González Márquez (b. 1942), Spanish politician, Prime Minister (1982-1996)
  • Arturo Márquez (b. 1950), Mexican composer


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  1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
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The Marquez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marquez 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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