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Name Origins


The mountainous borders of Spain contain the Origins of the prestigious surname Marquez.[1][2] The Spanish version of the name was first found in Castile, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.


The French surname of MARQUEZ was a French topographic name for the dweller at the boundary mark, or one who came from Marck (frontier district) in France.[3] This name is also spelt MARQUETTE and MARQUET. A notable member of the name was Jaques MARQUETTE (1637-75) the French Jesuit missionary and explorer, born in Laon. He was sent in 1666 to North America, where he brough Christianity to the Ottawa Indians around Lake Superior, and went on expeditions which discovered and explored the Mississippi (1673). He wrote an account of the journey. Another noteworthy person was Pierre Albert MARQUET (1875-1947), the French artist, born in Bordeaux. After initial hardships, he became, primarily an Impressionist landscape painter and travelled widely, painting many pictures of the Seine, Le Havre and Algiers.[4]


Some of the first western settlers of this family name or some of its variants in North and South America were:

  • Early settlers to the New World include Juan Márquez, who arrived with his wife in America in 1511.
  • Catalina Márquez, who arrived in America in 1517.
  • Juan Marques, who opted for Venezuela in 1534.

Marquez as a Surname

There are 49,284 unique Marquez surnames in the United States.

Name Ranking:
Marquez is the 441st ranked surname in the United States

No. 440 Bowers
No. 441 Marquez
No. 442 Ingram

Top States for last name Marquez:

  1. California 16507 listings
  2. Texas 8454 listings
  3. Florida 3425 listings
  4. New Mexico 2674 listings
  5. Arizona 2519 listings

Most Popular first names for Marquez:

  1. Maria 2008 listings
  2. Jose 1645 listings
  3. Juan 770 listings
  4. Jesus 499 listings
  5. Luis 451 listings

Most searched for Marquez in the United States in January 2009:

Jose Marquez, TX - 42


Map showing distribution of Marquez surnames in the United States

External Links

  1. Marquez Coat of Arms
  2. Marquez genealogical queries
  3. Marquez Search
  4. House of Names: Marquez Family Crest & Name History (Spanish origins)
  5. MARQUEZ Genealogy and Family History
  6. Marquez family history & genealogy search advice
  7. GenForum: Marquez Family Genealogy Forum
  8. Genealogy: Marquez Surname History
  9. MARQUEZ Genealogy in All Regions


  1. MySource:BobC/Marquez Family Crest & Name History
  2. According to the House of Names: Marquez listing, the earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is ez.
  3. According to the Coat of Arms Store, a commercial website, the earliest French hereditary surnames are found in the 12th century, at more or less the same time as they arose in England, but they are by no means common before the 13th century, and it was not until the 15th century that they stabilized to any great extent; before then a surname might be handed down for two or three generations, but then abandoned in favour of another. In the south, many French surnames have come in from Italy over the centuries, and in Northern France, Germanic influence can often be detected. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries.
  4. The Coat of Arms Store listing for the name states that over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.