Type Surname (from location)
Other Forms FormsVan Der Mark (Dutch)
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Topographic name for someone who lived on a boundary between two districts, from Middle English merke, Middle High German marc, Middle Dutch marke, merke, all meaning "borderland". The German term also denotes an area of fenced-off land (see MARKER 5) and, like the English word, is embodied in various place names which have given rise to habitational names.