Merkle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Merkle family

The surname Merkle was first found in Bavaria, where the name Merkel was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Merkle family

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Merkle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Merkel, Merkell, Merkels, Merkkel, Merkeles, Merkelles, Merkkels, Merkkeles, Merkkle, Merkle, Markley and many more.

Early Notables of the Merkle family (pre 1700)

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Merkle Ranking

In the United States, the name Merkle is the 7,951st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Merkle migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Merkle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abraham Merkle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1717
  • Hans Geo Merkle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [2]
  • Bernhardt Merkle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Conrad Merkle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Johann Adam Merkle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
Merkle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Merkle, aged 72, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [2]
  • John Merkle, who arrived in New York in 1841 [2]
  • Johan Albrecht Merkle, aged 35, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849 [2]
  • Adam Friedrich Merkle, who arrived in North America in 1852
  • Andreas Merkle, who settled in America in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Merkle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Merkle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jacob Merkle U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York, married with 4 children [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Merkle (post 1700) +

  • Carl Frederick Rudolf "Fred" Merkle (1888-1956), nicknamed "Bonehead," an American Major League Baseball first baseman who played from 1907 to 1926, best remembered for a controversial baserunning mistake he made while still a teenager
  • Edward Lee "Ed" Merkle (1917-1987), American football guard in the National Football League
  • Ralph C. Merkle (b. 1952), American computer scientist, public key cryptography pioneer, and nanotechnology advocate
  • Walter Merkle, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1952, 1960 [4]
  • Robert W. Merkle Jr., American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, 1982-88 [4]
  • Robert C. Merkle, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1980 (alternate), 1984 [4]
  • Patricia J. Merkle, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1996 [4]
  • Norman H. Merkle, American politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County 2nd District, 1934 [4]
  • John A. Merkle (b. 1883), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Glauchau, 1907-08; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul in Bergen, 1908-11 [4]
  • C. A. Merkle, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for South Dakota, 1936; South Dakota Railroad Commissioner, 1939- [4]
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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