The name Marquess comes from the ancient culture of France. It was a Norman name for a nobleman who ranked just below the level of an Earl and is derived from the Old French word Marquis which signified this lofty position.
Early Origins of the Marquess family
The surname Marquess was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), in Pas-de-Calais in the arrondissement of Boulogne-sur-Mer, where they held a family seat
since the very early times.
Early History of the Marquess family
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Marquess Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Marquess include Marquis, Marques, Marquise, Marquy, Marqui, Marcquis, Marquess and many more.
Early Notables of the Marquess family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Marquess family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Marquess has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Marquess were
Marquess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- P. Marquess, who settled in New Orleans in 1823
Contemporary Notables of the name Marquess (post 1700)
- John M. Marquess, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932 CITATION[CLOSE]
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