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Where did the Dutch Focker family come from? What is the Dutch Focker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Focker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Focker family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Fock, Focke, Fockes, Focck, Fockk, Foock, Fohck, Fockez, Fockz and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Utrecht, a city and capital of the province of Utrecht. The ramparts of this ancient city were destroyed in 1830. The Domkerk(1254) is on the site of the original church of St.Willibrord in 720. In the crypt are the hearts of Conrad II(1039) and Henry V(1125) two German Emperors. The Museum is notable for its relics and artifacts. Its tumultuous history was strongly influenced by religious conflict. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Focker research. Another 300 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1729, 1778, and 1815 are included under the topic Early Focker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Focker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Focker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Fredh Focker settled in Baltimore in 1834
  • Maria Focker settled in New York, NY in 1867

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  8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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The Focker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Focker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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