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The name Marquez 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.

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The surname Marquez 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.

There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Marquis, Marques, Marquise, Marquy, Marqui, Marcquis, Marquess and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marquez research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marquez History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Marquez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Marquez has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Marquez were

Marquez Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Juan Márquez, who arrived with his wife in America in 1511
  • Catalina Márquez, who arrived in America in 1517
  • Lope Márquez, who settled in Cartagena in 1534
  • Domingo Márquez, who settled in Río de la Plata in 1535
  • Inés Márquez, who opted for New Spain in 1536

Marquez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Luis Marquez, who landed in America in 1813
  • Pedro Marquez, who landed in America in 1813
  • Jose Marquez, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • José Márquez, who opted for Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Antonio Marquez, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
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  • Leon Andrew Marquez (b. 1874), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Puntarenas, 1904-11
  • Jorge A. Marquez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • John E. Marquez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988; Candidate for Mayor of Richmond, California, 2001
  • Joanne Trudell Marquez, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 101st District, 1974
  • Jim J. Marquez, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Kansas, 1981-84
  • Debbie Marquez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2000, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Colorado, 2008
  • B. G. Marquez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1940
  • Awilda R. Marquez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2008
  • Alma V. Marquez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • Alfredo Chavez Marquez (b. 1922), American politician, U.S. District Judge for Arizona, 1980
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    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    8. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Marquez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marquez 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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