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

The distinguished German surname Jonker is derived from the Middle High German word "juncherre," meaning "a young noble, not yet knighted." This term was often applied to a young man serving at court who would soon be knighted, and it is likely that the term evolved from nickname to surname, and was then passed down along a family line.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Junker, Junkher, Juncker, Junkers, Junckherre and others.

First found in various regions of Germany, and several branches emerged independently during the Middle Ages. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Burchardt Junker, listed in the Furstenbergisches Urkundenbuch in 1295. The young Jonker family was instrumental during this early period, playing an important role in the development of medieval society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jonker research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1373, and 1797 are included under the topic Early Jonker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jonker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Barbara Junker, who settled in Georgia in 1733; Friedrich Juncker, who emigrated from the Palatinate to Pennsylvania in 1764; Caspar Juncker, who settled in Virginia after fighting in the Revolutionary War.

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  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  10. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
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The Jonker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jonker 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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