Markowitz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Markowitz is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Jewish hereditary surnames were adopted from a variety of different sources. Two of the most common types of Jewish family names are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Markowitz is a patronymic surname, which derives from the Latin given name Marcus. In the case of the Jewish surname Markowitz, it is in many cases an Anglicization of any of several like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Markowitz migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Markowitz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Itzig Markowitz, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
Markowitz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Aneta Markowitz, aged 21, who landed in America from Waslav, in 1900
  • Anne Markowitz, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from Jaunonka, in 1900
  • Agatha Markowitz, aged 27, who settled in America from Gelowny, Russia, in 1907
  • Abraham Markowitz, aged 10, who landed in America from Buzen, Rumania, in 1908
  • Abram Markowitz, aged 3, who landed in America from Jassy, Roumania, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Markowitz (post 1700)

  • William Markowitz (1907-1998), American astronomer
  • Phil Markowitz (b. 1952), American jazz pianist
  • Michael Markowitz (b. 1961), Emmy-nominated writer, producer, and actor
  • Marty Markowitz (b. 1945), Borough President of Brooklyn, New York City
  • Kate Markowitz, American singer-songwriter, best known for her work with James Taylor and Billy Joel
  • John Markowitz (b. 1954), American professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Harry Markowitz (b. 1927), American financial economist, recipient of the John von Neumann Theory Prize and Nobel Laureate
  • Deborah "Deb" Markowitz (b. 1961), American politician, Vermont Secretary of State (1998 to 2011)
  • Mitch Markowitz, Canadian television executive


  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)
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