Merkley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Merkley family

The surname Merkley 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 Merkley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merkley research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1770, 1790, and 1800 are included under the topic Early Merkley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Merkley 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 Merkley family (pre 1700)

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United States Merkley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Merkley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Fredrick Merkley, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Fredrick Merkley, aged 28, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • David Merkley, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1762

Canada Merkley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Merkley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Col. Henry Merkley U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Jacob Merkley U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. James Henry Merkley U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Michael Merkley U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Frederick Merkley U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Merkley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charlote Merkley, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Merkley (post 1700) +

  • Jeffrey Alan "Jeff" Merkley (b. 1956), American politician, junior United States Senator from Oregon
  • Jeffrey Merkley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 2000, 2004 [3]
  • Henry Merkley UE (1758-1840), American-born, Canadian politician who represented Dundas in the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada (1808 to 1812)


  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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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