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Where did the German Markwardt family come from? What is the German Markwardt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Markwardt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Markwardt family history?

The Markwardt surname comes from the Middle Low German words "mark," or "borderland," and "ward(e)" meaning "guardian." As such, it is thought to have originally been an occupational name for a guardian of border area.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Marquard, Marquart, Marquarde, Marquardes, Marquards, Marquarte, Marquartes, Marquartts, Marquardds, Marquardt, Markard, Markhard and many more.

First found in Hessen, where the name was closely identified in the early period of history with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout Europe. The name would later emerge as an influential noble family, having many distinguished branches, and well known for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Markwardt research. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1819, and 1861 are included under the topic Early Markwardt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Markwardt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Friedrich Johann Carl Markwardt, who settled in America in 1863
  • Marie Sophie Catharine Markwardt, who arrived in America in 1863
  • Johann Markwardt, who settled in Scott Co. IA in 1887

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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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The Markwardt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Markwardt 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 22 December 2012 at 17:35.

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