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

The surname Radtke is a local surname; it is derived from the place name Radeck, a castle in Oppel, in Silesia. While it is generally regarded that the name was from this area, the first record of the name was in Switzerland. The derivation from the place name Radeck makes this a habitation surname; that is, a surname based upon an already existing place name. The other type of local name is topographic names, based upon a physical feature of the local geography, such as a forest, or a river, and so on.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Radecke, Radek, Radeke, Radeck, Radecki, Radacke, Radake, Radacker, Radecker and many more.

First found in Switzerland, 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. Chronicles first mention Heinrich von Radekke of Upper- Austria in 1256, and Hans Radecker of Eger in Bohemia around 1395.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Radtke research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1233, 1733, 1776, and 1791 are included under the topic Early Radtke History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Radtke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Radtke Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Friedrich Wilhelm Radtke, aged 34, landed in America in 1839
  • Karoline Elis Radtke, aged 44, arrived in America in 1843
  • Anna Regina Radtke, aged 52, arrived in America in 1843

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  • Jack William Radtke (1913-2006), American Major League Baseball player
  • Jamie Radtke (b. 1973), American activist and political candidate
  • Edward Radtke (b. 1962), American film director, screenwriter and film producer
  • Helga Radtke (b. 1962), German gold medalist track and field athlete
  • Doctor Peter Radtke (b. 1943), German actor and playwright
  • Katarzyna Radtke (b. 1969), retired Polish race walker


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

This page was last modified on 23 April 2014 at 12:52.

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