Last name origin & meaning:
North German: occupational name for a frontier guard or the
guardian of a fenced-off area (such as a woodland), Middle Low German
markward, from mark ‘borderland’ + ward(e)
‘guardian’. In medieval folk stories Markwart occurs as a
nickname for a jay; it is possible that this use may have influenced
the acquisition of the surname in some cases.
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