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

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.


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.

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.


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


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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 came to Philadelphia in 1750
  • Johannes Marquardt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750

Marquardt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rosina Marquardt, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Philip Marquardt, who landed in Arkansas in 1888
  • Caroline Marquardt, aged 36, who emigrated 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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from Lehe, Germany, in 1910

Marquardt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joh Marquardt, aged 32, landed in Quebec in 1868


  • 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
  • Markus Marquardt (b. 1970), German bass-baritone
  • Jens Marquardt (b. 1967), motor sports engineer and manager
  • Christiane Marquardt (b. 1958), retired East German sprinter
  • Heinz "Negus" Marquardt (1922-2003), German Luftwaffe fighter ace credited with 121 aerial victories, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross



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 Marquardt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marquardt 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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