Marquez History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Marquez family

The surname Marquez was 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. They branched south in the 13th century when they held a family seat at Motte. By the 14th century they had moved to the Franche-Comté at Tallenay and were raised to the Seigniory. This family later branched to Brittany, Forez, Neufchatel and Morges. In Brittany and île-de-Saint-Dominique the spelling was Marques. Many of the settlers of that name who went to New France came from Normandy and Brittany (French: Bretagne).

Early History of the Marquez family

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Marquez Spelling Variations

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, Marquese and many more.

Early Notables of the Marquez family (pre 1700)

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Marquez Ranking

In the United States, the name Marquez is the 504th most popular surname with an estimated 57,201 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Marquez is ranked the 4,193rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [2]


United States Marquez migration to the United States +

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

Marquez Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • 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 United States in the 19th Century
  • Luis Marquez, who landed in America in 1813 [3]
  • Pedro Marquez, who landed in America in 1813 [3]
  • Jose Marquez, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [3]
  • José Márquez, who opted for Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Antonio Marquez, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Marquez (post 1700) +

  • Leon Andrew Marquez (b. 1874), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Puntarenas, 1904-11 [4]
  • Jorge A. Marquez, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008 [4]
  • John E. Marquez, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988; Candidate for Mayor of Richmond, California, 2001 [4]
  • Joanne Trudell Marquez, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 101st District, 1974 [4]
  • Jim J. Marquez, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Kansas, 1981-84 [4]
  • Debbie Marquez, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2000, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Colorado, 2008 [4]
  • B. G. Marquez, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1940 [4]
  • Awilda R. Marquez, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2008 [4]
  • Alma V. Marquez, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008 [4]
  • Alfredo Chavez Marquez (b. 1922), American politician, U.S. District Judge for Arizona, 1980 [4]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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