Marker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 Marker. 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 Marker family.

Early Origins of the Marker family

The surname Marker 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.

Early History of the Marker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marker research. Another 203 words (14 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 Marker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Marker Spelling Variations

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 Marker include Mark, Marck, Marcker, Marckert, Marquart, Marquard, Marque, Markert, Marker, Marcart, Marcard, Marquart, Marquard and many more.

Early Notables of the Marker family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Marker 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 1397, one of the commissioners who negotiated the dowry of Isabella of Valois in 1398, and accompanied the king to Ireland in 1399, supported Richard against the usurper Henry IV and in 1400 was imprisoned...
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United States Marker migration to the United States +

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 Marker were

Marker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Matthias Marker, who settled in Philadelphia in 1734
  • Peter Marker, who settled in Philadelphia in 1739
  • Peter Marker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Johan Georg Marker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • Friedr Sebastian Marker, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787 [1]
Marker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Marker, aged 26, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Philipp Marker, who arrived in Brazil in 1846 [1]
  • Valentine Marker, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
  • Ludwig Marker, who landed in North America in 1865 [1]
  • Karl Marker, who arrived in Brazil in 1877 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Marker (post 1700) +

  • Gary 'Magic' Marker (1943-2015), American bass guitarist and recording engineer
  • Clifford Norwell Marker (1903-1972), American professional football player
  • Steve Marker (b. 1959), American musician and record producer
  • Peter Marker, former Australian rules footballer
  • Augustus Solberg Marker (1907-1997), Canadian professional ice hockey right winger
  • Chris Marker (b. 1921), French writer, photographer, documentary film director, multimedia artist and film essayist

The Marker 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.

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook
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