I don't want to mess with your family names and ADN, but Marcantel surely doesn't seem a German family name. I would bet on some Latin language origins: Italian, Provençal (Occitan) or Catalan. And with some later changes.I married a Cajun woman and had our daughter DNA searched. I was expecting French, German and maybe Native American gene markers to show up, but the test revealed, French, Spanish, Islenos. Sephardic and Ashkenazi gene markers. My Mother in Law was a Marcantel and that is a German family name!
A lot of surnames have gone through alterations and the original name may have been quite different. It really would take a generation-by-generation search backwards to determine a place of origin.I don't want to mess with your family names and ADN, but Marcantel surely doesn't seem a German family name. I would bet on some Latin language origins: Italian, Provençal (Occitan) or Catalan. And with some later changes.
Perhaps or perhaps not. Immigrants often altered their last names to fit in with their new neighbors. For example, there is a family named "Burgess" in Massachusetts that is of Swedish descent (the original name was "Bjørnsson" but they found that no one could pronounce it. Many times a name is translated: the French "Roi" often becomes "King". The neighborhood is not necessarily English: my Norwegian aunt went from "Inger Helene" to "Kathleen" because the Irish American neighbors assured the family that Kathleen was a wonderful American name!
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