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The Markel surname is derived from the Old High German word "marah," or "horse" and "sclac," or "servant." Thus the name was originally occupational for someone who looked after horses, often one of the most important servants in the noble houses.

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The surname Markel was first found in Prussia, where the name emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Marschall, Marschal, Marshalle, Marschalles, Marschale, Marschales, Marchall, Marchal, Marschalls, Marschals, Markel, Markall, Markal, Marcal, Marcall and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Markel research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1717, 1760, and 1812 are included under the topic Early Markel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Markel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jean Christoph Markel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Abm Markel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1795

Markel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Markel, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Chone Markel, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Markel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • August Markel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1902
  • Andras Markel, aged 50, who emigrated to America from Hetur, Hungary, in 1909
  • Augustin Markel, aged 22, who settled in America from Zaruby, Russia, in 1909
  • Carl Markel, aged 22, who landed in America from Subbat, Kowno, in 1909
  • Chiel Markel, aged 17, who settled in America from Grodzisk, Russia, in 1913


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  • Dan Markel, American legal academic
  • Howard Markel (b. 1960), American medical historian,Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan
  • Samuel A. Markel, founder of the Markel Corporation in 1930


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  7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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The Markel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Markel 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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