Marker Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Marker Origin:

England, Italy, Spain, France, Czechoslovakia, Germany

Origins of Marker:

The surname of Marker is said to have two possible origins. The first possible origin of the surname of Marker is that it is a locational surname. Since the surname of Marker is said to be locational, this means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have take a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Marker, the locations from which the original bearers of this surname were said to have hailed from include areas in the countries of Spain, Italy, and France. These locations were often named Marchus, Mark, or variations of these spellings. The second possible origin of the surname of Marker is that it was a derivation of the personal given name of Marcus, which itself was a derivation of the word of “mar” which can be translated to mean “gleaming.” The personal given name of Mark or Marcus was given as a nickname. It is a common element of surnames throughout Europe that many of them originally derived from nicknames, as it was a very common practice in medieval times. In the beginning, nicknames were applied to people who had distinguishing characteristics, such as moral or mental peculiarities, a similar appearance to a bird or animal, a similar disposition to a bird or animal, occupation of an individual, their habits, or their manner of dress. In the case of the surname of Marker, those who originally bore this surname would have been said to “gleam” in society, making them a prominent figure. However, because those in the Middle Ages were often sarcastic in their naming, the person who bore this surname could have been dull, uninteresting, and non-valuable. Finally, the surname of Marker gained popularity because of the religious connotations with the name. St. Mark, the Evangelist, was said to be the author of the second book of the gospel in the Bible.


More common variations are: Markery, Maerker, Marcker, Mariker, Maraker, Maruker, Markero, Mearker, Markr, Marekera, Marekero, Merkere, Mieraker



The first recorded spelling of the surname of Marker can be traced to the country of Germany. One person by the name of one Heinrich Mark was mentioned in the Town Charters of Biberach, Germany in the year of 1390. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King Rupert of Germany, who was known throughout the age, and commonly referred to as one “Rupert of the Palatinate.” King Rupert of Germany ruled from the year of 1352 to the year of 1410.

United States of America:

Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, many European citizens migrated to the United States of America in search of a new life for them and their families. This movement of people was known as the European Migration, and sometimes referred to as the Great Migration of Europe. Among those who migrated to the United States was one Matthias Marker, who arrived in the city of Philadelphia in the year of 1734, the first Marker in the United States of America.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Marker: United States 6,822; Germany 2,387; Denmark 890; Pakistan 754; Russia 690; Argentina 388; England 317; Mexico 262; Australia 223; Poland 191; India 161; Austria 157; France 135; Norway 125; Canada 87

Notable People:

Gary “Magic” Marker (1943-2015) who was a bass guitarist and recording engineer from the United States of America.

Clifford Norwell Marker (1903-1972) who was a professional football player from the United States of America.

Steve Marker (born in 1959) who was a musician and record producer from the United States of America.

Peter Marker, who was an Australian rules footballer.

Augustus Solberg Marker (1907-1997) who was a professional ice hockey right winger from the United States of America.

Chris Marker (born in 1921) who was a documentary film director, photographer, writer, multi-media artist, and film essayist from the country of France.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

(Uffculme, co. Devon). Per pale argent and gules a pale counterchanged. Crest—A greyhound statant per pale argent and sable.