Markle Name Study

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One of the goals of this project is to trace the Markle/ Merkel family immigration to Pennsylvania and its migration accross North America ...

This profile is part of the Markle Name Study.
... ... ... was a Palatine Migrant.
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... ... ... has German Roots.

Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Lawrence Bailey.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • To establish the ancestry and descendants of Alice C. (Markle-435) Bailey
  • To quantify the different spelling of the Surname
  • To trace the ancestry of Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry of Wales, married 5/19/2018. Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry of England


The German surname Markle was first found in Bavaria, where the name Merkel was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. German spelling variations included: Merkel, Merkell, Merkels, Merkkel, Merkeles, Merkelles, Merkkels, Merkkeles, Merkkle, Merkle, Markley and many more.

The English surname Markle was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived, and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when Adam, Alan and Andrew held estates in that shire in the township of Castleton. The variant Martley claims their origin from Martley, a village and civil parish in the Malvern Hills district of the of Worcestershire.

English spelling variations included:Marland, Markland, Merkland, Merland, Mearland, Marlane, Merlane, Mearlane, Marland and many more.

The Markle Family settled in Pennsylvania in either 1752 ( Jean Christopher Markel)Most likely part of the first Amish Immigration 1727-1770 from the German Palatinate and Switzerland or 1795 ( Abm Markel) from the second Amish Immigration from Alsace France. The surname is derived from Old High German for (Horse Servant) It was an occupational name for someone who worked with horses. The name was first found in Prussia. In 1681 the English colony of Pennsylvania was granted to William Penn, a member of the Society of Friends. William Penn made Pennsylvania a refuge for the persecuted religious sect. Because of continued persecutions of the Amish in their new homeland of Alsace, William Penn invited them to settle in Pennsylvania also.

The Amish were actually part of the Mennonite Church. Disagreements among the Swiss Mennonites (Anabaptists) in 1693 produced the Amish. Persecutions in Switzerland drove the Amish to a small French province that borders Germany called Alsace and eventually to Pennsylvania.


Alice Markle was of German descent and the Family was among the earliest settlers of Pennsylvania. Through generations the surname changed and evolved from Mercklen – Merkel – Markle aka Merclen. Family origins can be traced to Heinrich Mercklen- Prussia, Germany early 1400s. Johannes Mercklen- born about 1458- probably Gleschendorf, near Lubeck, Prussia, Germany moved to Strassberg, Alsace, France in the late 1400. Johann Christian Merkel fled to Amsterdam, Holland from Alsace-Lorraine section of Merzig on the Rhine, near Metz, to avoid religious persecution after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes which occurred 18 October 1685. He first came to America in 1703 and settled in Salem (Moselem) Springs, Philadelphia Co., later Berks Co., PA where he was a farmer, blacksmith and coach-maker. Future generations would participate in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War and preceding American Wars, Two who would be Generals in the Civil war.

Markle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Jacob Markle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • John Markle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]

Markle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Leopold Markle, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Maryland in 1840 [1]
  • Jacob Markle, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
  • Joseph Markle, who landed in New York in 1865 [1]
  • Charles N. Markle, aged 31, who landed in America from England, in 1892
  • C. Markle, aged 24, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1892

Markle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Private. Frederick Markle U.E., (Maracle, Merkley)( b. 1756) born in Kingston, Ulster County, New York, USA who settled in Home District [Niagara-on-the-Lake], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Butler's Rangers, married to Rebecca Pickard having 13 children, he died in 1836 [2]
  • Private. Henry Markle U.E. (b. 1760) born in Marbletown, Ulster County, New York, USA who settled in Ancaster Township, Wentworth County [Ancaster], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butler's Rangers, married to Maria Vrooman having 4 children, he died in 1812
  • Private. James Markle U.E., (Maracle) (b. 1753) born in Marbletown, Ulster County, New York, USA who settled in Ancaster Township, Wentworth County [Ancaster], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butler's Rangers, he died in 1809 [2]
  • Sgt. John Markle U.E., (Marcale) (b. 1755) born in Marbletown, Ulster County, New York, USA who settled in Home District, Louth [Niagara], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butler's Rangers, married to Margaret Smith having 7 children, he died in 1800 [2]
  • Mr. William Markle U.E., (Whilhelmus, Wilhelm) (b. 1754) born in Marbletown, Ulster County, New York, USA who settled in Ancaster Township, Wentworth County [Ancaster], Ontario c. 1786 married to Agnes having 9 children, he died in 1837 [2]

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Towns Named for Markle's Markle is a town in Huntington and Wells counties, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 1,071 at the 2020 census. It lies along Interstate 69, U.S. Route 224, State Road 116 and State Road 3.The town was laid out in 1836

Markles, Indiana is an unincorporated community in southern Otter Creek Township, Vigo County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.

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I don't know what you are referring to. LWB
posted by Lawrence Bailey
how did the german Markle become Indigenous Maracle - Tydenagia Indian Reserve Deseronto Ontario - Mohawk Bay of Quinte?????
posted by Kay Jay