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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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The surname Markwardt was 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.

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


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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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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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  • L.J. Markwardt, American eponym of the L.J. Markwardt Wood Engineering Award, established in 1969 to promote knowledge of wood in the engineering field as a means of enhancing the efficient utilization of wood
  • Henry Markwardt, American Union soldier killed in the 1862 Nueces massacre; his name appears on the Treue der Union Monument in Comfort, Texas
  • Dr. Rich Markwardt, American Superintendent of West Geauga High School, a public high school in Chesterland, Ohio
  • Mike Markwardt, American co-founder of Legare Furniture, a supplier of tool-free assembly furniture in 2003
  • William Markwardt, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1900
  • Henry Markwardt, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1896


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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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  7. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  8. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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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.

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