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The MarkerMarcherMarcker Surname Project


This project seeks DNA input from people named MARKER, MARCHER, MARCKER. The name is strong in Denmark, England and Germany. There are many people from these countries who emigrated to the USA, Australia and New Zealand. The Marker name also shows up in other countries including India and Pakistan. The phonetic origins of these spellings is essentially the same. In those names with c and h (i.e. ch) when sounded in Germanic and old English the c was sounded as for a k and the h was silent. These variants show up strongly in Danish records (Marker, Marcher, Marcker) and mostly on the Island of Bornholm in the South Baltic Sea. Marker = "Mark-er" Marcher = "Marc-(h)er" Marcker = "Marc-ker" One explanation for the name is the Scandinavian, Germanic and Latin, word Mark (also written as Marke and Marche). In Denmark, Germany and England it historically means a fortified boundary area. The more famous Marks/Marches in England are the Scottish, Welsh and Cornish Marks/Marches. There are many such places in Europe. An example is Altmark in Germany (Old Mark). Altmark was once a fortified boundary but over time that boundary shifted further East and South towards Austria and Switzerland. Research indicates that warriors sent to a 'Mark/Marche' were known as 'Markers/Marchers'. Another possible source is related to the currency (the Mark) used in many parts of Europe especially Germany and including Denmark. In England the 'mark was also a common currency in the early middle ages. We will be looking for project administrators willing to focus on particular regions of the world. As prime administrator my greatest interest is England and Denmark. Some interesting stories about 'Markers': - The biggest density of people named Marker occurs on the Island of Bornholm Denmark. - There is a pocket of people named Marker in Telemark Norway (old Danish northern Mark). - There is a strong line of Marker people in Devon where the name can be traced back as in use there in the early 1200s. - Three significant areas that appear to crop up in Germany for people named Marker are 1) the older area of Prussia, 2)the area around Stuttgart and 3) Bavaria. - A famous Pakistan Diplomat was named Jamsheed Marker. He has also served as United Nations Under-secretary General, as a special adviser to United Nations ex-Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Jamsheed Marker - In the period 1790-1830s three family related Church of England Reverends from Devon named Marker graduated from both Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Rev W Henry Marker (Camb 1797 & 1803), Rev Henry W Marker (Oxford 1825), Rev Thomas John Marker (Oxford 1833). - In 1440 there was a Chaplain at 'Holy Trinity' Exeter named sir Walter Marker.



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Marcher, Marcker, Marker

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