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PLEASE NOTE: Although the MARKLE spelling is used on the project page, this should be understood to include all similar surname spellings including these and possibly more: Project Surnames - Markle, Maracle, Markel, Marical, Markley, Meracle, Merckel, Merkel, Merkle, Merkley, Miracle (If you believe that you are part of this Surname group and your surname is not included please contact the Project Administrator.)

Surname History

Traditional genealogical research indicates a German origin for the surname, with the most common early spellings being MERCKEL or MERKLE.  The families begin to appear in North America with the Palatine immigration of 1710 and by the early1800s concentrations of the name, with many spelling variations, are found in New York, Pennsylvania, the Southern US, Michigan, Indiana, and Ontario, Canada, including a large group among the Six Nations (Haudenosaunee) of Ontario.

Markle Family Groups

These Markle family clusters have been identified, with several traced to the immigrant ancestor. To be included in the results, please add your pedigree to the Markle DNA Forum here. If you know the name of the group that you belong to from the list below, please place the name of this group next to your family patriarch. Otherwise, you will be placed (over time) with others with matching DNA or into new family lines. Additions and corrections are always welcome.

Ulster County, New York, stemming from 1710 Palatine immigrant Friederich Merckel with early descendants in New York, the southern United States, and Ontario, Canada.

New Dorlach (Sharon), New York, stemming from ca 1750 immigrant brothers Michael, Christopher Friederich, and Joseph Friederich Mercklin/Merkley, and including early descendants in New York and Ontario, Canada.

Stone Arabia, New York, stemming from ca 1720 immigrant Henrich Merckel and his wife, Maria Estes, and including early descendants in New York and Canada.

Schoharie, New York, stemming from ca 1710 immigrant Johann Jacob Merckel and his wife Elisabetha Schultheis.

Pennsylvania, stemming from several immigrant patriarchs including;

  • Christian Merckel (immig. ca 1720)

  • Jacob Merkle b. 1747 (possible immigrant?) and his wife, Maria Eva Mayer, of Lehigh Co, Berks Co, and Westmoreland Co, with branches also extending to Illinois and Ohio.

  • Abraham Markle (immig. ca 1770)

    • View Pedigree (coming soon)
    • View DNA Test Results (coming soon)

Haudenosaunee, Six Nations, and/or Mohawk lines of Ontario originating in Revolutionary or pre-Revolutionary era New York.

  • View Pedigree (coming soon)
  • View DNA Test Results (coming soon)

Other Markle Lines This is where we will place all other families that do not appear to tie to one of the above groups. If DNA establishes a connection to one of the groups they will be moved. Other major groups may be added as the need arises.


Project Objectives

  • For North America, a number of early immigrant patriarchs have been identified and others surely exist.  The Markle Surname Project hopes to obtain DNA test results and sourced pedigrees from proven direct male descendants in each line.  These would then act as "benchmarks" to help others identify their proper line and place of origin, and to narrow the scope of their family history research.
  • With sufficient test results, new relationships may be discovered among the different families, potentially going back to pre-immigration Germany.
  • Ultimately catalog pedigrees and genetic connections of all of the known project families.


How to Participate

Ideally, a participant would have at least a 25-marker y-DNA test from a male Markle with a pedigree extending back to an immigrant patriarch.  Those with shorter pedigrees are also welcome; as the database grows, results may help to direct research toward an identified patriarch.  Researchers who have identified an immigrant Markle patriarch are also encouraged to submit pedigrees to be added to the site with or without DNA test results.

Markle Pedigree information can be entered at the Markle DNA Forum here

Benefits to DNA Testing

  • Surname tests allow genealogists to verify their father's father's...father's paternal ancestry.
  • Surname DNA information can be very powerful when combined with traditional paper trails.
  • The participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to his earliest known ancestor.
  • The participant's "deep" ancestry (Haplogroup), which identifies the paternal ancestor's prehistoric origins.
  • A sense of camaraderie, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic ancestry.
  • Stimulation to family research and renewed sharing of information.
  • A wider sense of identity and relationship, as we begin to realize how much we are a World Family.
  • A chance to compare your genetic ancestry with those of your Surname and the spelling variations.
  • Your genetic matches who do not share your common surname.
  • The knowledge to understand our ancestors better - particularly where the records have been lost.


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