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

The German surname Dekker emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The Dekker family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Dekker include Decker, Dekker, Degger, Dagger, Deckert, Deckar, Dekkar, Deggar and many more.

First found in Prussia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dekker research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1838, 1679, 1749, 1719, 1650 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Dekker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dekker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Dekker Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Jan Broersen Dekker, who arrived in New York in 1658

Dekker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Hendrik Dekker, aged 60, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Hendrik Den Dekker, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Jaantje Den Dekker, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Leentje Dekker, aged 5, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Leentje Den Dekker, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847


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  • Eduard Douwes Dekker (1820-1887), Dutch government official
  • Thomas Dekker (1570-1641), English dramatist


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The Dekker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dekker 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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