Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
- 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
- Danish: from a short form of the
Germanic personal name Markward.
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