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Multiple Origins for the Surname Mark



The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Mark. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of barbarian tribes. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known in Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Mark family.

Mark Early Origins



The surname Mark was first found in Prussia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the feudal system.

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Mark Spelling Variations


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Mark Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Mark include Mark, Marck, Marcker, Marckert, Marquart, Marquard, Marque, Markert, Marker, Marcart, Marcard, Marquart, Marquard and many more.

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Mark Early History


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Mark Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mark research. Another 405 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1786, 1361, 1819, 1724, 1807, 1409, 1397, 1400, 1397, 1397, 1398, 1399, 1400, 1408, 1559 and 1485 are included under the topic Early Mark History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mark Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mark Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Mark during this time period were Thomas Merke (Merks) (died 1409), an English priest and Bishop of Carlisle (1397-1400), Educated at Oxford University, be became a Benedictine monk at Westminster Abbey, consecrated bishop about 1397, served Richard II as ambassador to various German princes in...

Another 121 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mark Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North Ameri ca. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Mark Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Mark settled in Virginia in 1654 along with Elizabeth and Sarah
  • Margaret Mark, who landed in Maryland in 1658

Mark Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mathew Mark, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Johan Diterig Mark, who came to Philadelphia in 1740
  • Michael Mark came to Philadelphia in 1741
  • Michael Mark, aged 45, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Conrad Mark, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mark Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Mark, aged 34, landed in Louisiana in 1813
  • Adrian Rudolph Mark, aged 40, arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • Balthasar Mark went to Texas in 1845
  • Joseph Mark, who arrived in New York in 1845
  • Andrew Mark, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mark Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Mark, aged 18, a copper miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

Mark Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • S Mark landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1844
  • Henry Mark arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Fanny Mark arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Edith A. Mark arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • James Mark, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mark (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mark (post 1700)



  • Jack Van Mark, American Republican politician, Member of Wyoming State House of Representatives from Goshen County, 1965
  • Michael Mark (1886-1975), Russian-born American film actor who appeared in over 120 films
  • Michael Mark, American Drama Desk Award winning, Grammy Award nominated musician, composer, and actor
  • Herman Mark (1895-1992), Austrian-American chemist and winner of the 1979 Wolf Prize in Chemistry
  • Henry Van De Mark, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Seneca County, 1893
  • Allan W. Van De Mark, American Republican politician, Mayor of Lockport, New York, 1936-39; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1972
  • Michael Mark, Grenadian football defender for the Grenada national football team

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Motto



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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    2. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    7. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    9. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Mark Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mark 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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