Marker Family History
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Marker Name Meaning
English: topographic name for someone who lived by a boundary (see Mark 2). It is notable that early examples of the surname tend to occur near borders, for example on the Kent-Sussex boundary. English: possibly an occupational name from an agent derivative of Middle English mark(en) ‘to put a mark on’, although it is not clear what the exact nature of the work of such a ‘marker’ would be. English: relatively late development of Mercer. There is one family in Clitheroe, Lancashire, who spelled their name Mercer or Marcer in the 16th century, but Marker in the 17th. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from Yiddish marker ‘servant’. German: status name for someone who lived on an area of land that was marked off from the village land or woodland, Middle High German merkære. Danish: from a short form of the Germanic personal name Markward.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press