Origins Available: German
The distinguished Austrian
surname Marxsen is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. Austria
, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire
in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria
was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths
, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria
. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne
, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria
was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria
until the 20th century.
Early Origins of the Marxsen family
The surname Marxsen was first found in Austria
, where the name could be considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the local and national conflicts, with each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Marxsen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marxsen research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1818, 1863, 1875, 1881, and 1883 are included under the topic Early Marxsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Marxsen Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Marxsen include Marx, Marks, Marcks, Markus, Marcus, Marxen and many more.
Early Notables of the Marxsen family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Marxsen were Karl Heinrich Marx (1818-1883) of Trier, who was one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marxsen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Marxsen family to the New World and Oceana
After the First World War, Austria
became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany
or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Marxsen were Matthew Marx, who emigrated to England
and/or America in 1709. Lorento Marcus came to Germantown, Pa. in 1710; while Hermann Marcus came in 1725. Wilhelm Marx came to Philadelphia in 1740.