Marquart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Marquart 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 Marquart family

The surname Marquart 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 Marquart family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marquart research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1819, and 1861 are included under the topic Early Marquart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Marquart Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Marquart include Marquard, Marquart, Marquarde, Marquardes, Marquards, Marquarte, Marquartes, Marquartts, Marquardds, Marquardt, Markard, Markhard and many more.

Early Notables of the Marquart family (pre 1700)

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United States Marquart migration to the United States +

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Marquart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Georg Marquart, who settled in Philadelphia in 1752
  • Hans Georg Marquart, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Martin Marquart, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Michael Marquart, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1794 [1]
Marquart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johanna Marie Therese Marquart, who landed in America in 1854 [1]
  • Georg Friedrich Marquart, who landed in America in 1880 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Marquart (post 1700) +

  • Paul Marquart (b. 1957), Minnesota politician and a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Ludwig Clamor Marquart (1804-1881), German pharmacist and entrepreneur
  • William "Billy" Marquart (1915-1960), Canadian boxer who competed at the 1936 Summer Olympics


The Marquart 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)


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