Marquardt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Marquardt 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.

Early Origins of the Marquardt family

The surname Marquardt 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.

Early History of the Marquardt family

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Marquardt Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Marquardt include Marquard, Marquart, Marquarde, Marquardes, Marquards, Marquarte, Marquartes, Marquartts, Marquardds, Marquardt, Markard, Markhard and many more.

Early Notables of the Marquardt family (pre 1700)

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United States Marquardt migration to the United States +

The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Marquardts to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Marquardt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Marquardt, who settled in Philadelphia in 1750
  • Johannes Marquardt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
Marquardt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Rosina Marquardt, who arrived in America in 1854 [1]
  • Philip Marquardt, who landed in Arkansas in 1888 [1]
  • Caroline Marquardt, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Charles Marquardt, aged 6, who settled in America, in 1896
Marquardt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Dorothea Marquardt, aged 55, who landed in America from Bronurtz, Prussia, in 1902
  • Emilie Marquardt, aged 47, who settled in America from Bremen, Germany, in 1908
  • Ernst Marquardt, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from Kanstedt, Germany, in 1910
  • Bertha Marquardt, aged 21, who settled in America from Kanstedt, Germany, in 1910
  • Babette Marquardt, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Lehe, Germany, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Marquardt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marquardt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joh Marquardt, aged 32, who landed in Quebec in 1868

Contemporary Notables of the name Marquardt (post 1700) +

  • Albert Ludwig "Ollie" Marquardt (1902-1968), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • R. Niels Marquardt (b. 1953), American diplomat
  • Michael Marquardt (b. 1982), American football defensive tackle
  • Donald W. Marquardt (1929-1997), American statistician
  • Bridget Marquardt (b. 1973), American television personality, model, and actress
  • Nathan Joel "Nate" Marquardt (b. 1979), American mixed martial artist
  • Walter H. Marquardt, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Kewaunee County, 1938 [2]
  • Louis P. Marquardt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1924 [2]
  • Henry E. Marquardt, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Groton, 1920 [2]
  • Chris G. Marquardt, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Groton, 1926 [2]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Werner Marquardt (1919-1941), German Maschinenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Paul Marquardt (1917-1941), German Maschinenmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Erwin Friedrich Marquardt (1921-1941), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Alfred Marquardt (1919-1941), German Maschinenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]


The Marquardt 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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