Funk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Funk is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Jewish hereditary surnames were adopted from a variety of different sources. As a Jewish surname, the name Funk derives from a variety of sources. It is thought to have been an occupational name, deriving from the German word finch, which referred to the bird, and would have been given to someone who raised or sold finches. Another possible origin is from the female given name Finkle, which was a popular name in medieval Germany. It could also be an ornamental surname deriving from the Old German word finkelstein, which means diamond. Lastly, the name could be derived from the Yiddish word funk, which meant spark. The word funkenstein translates as sparkle stone, or diamond.

Funk Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: finkleman and others.


United States Funk migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Funk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Funk, who arrived in America in 1731 [1]
  • Samuel Funk, who arrived in America in 1731 [1]
  • Hendrick Funk, aged 36, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Anna Funk, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Georg Funk, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Funk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Funk, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [1]
  • Bernhard Funk, who landed in North America in 1837 [1]
  • Valentin Funk, who landed in North America in 1837 [1]
  • Johannes Funk, who arrived in North America in 1838 [1]
  • Adam Funk, who landed in Mississippi in 1841 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Funk migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Funk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Anganetha Krahn and Isaak Funk, who were recorded to be living in Québec in 1874
  • Abraham Funk, who arrived in Manitoba in 1874
  • John Funk, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Peter Funk, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Peter Funk, who arrived in Manitoba in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Funk (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Arnold John Funk (1895-1980), American Commandant of Camp Edwards (1952) [2]
  • Corporal Jesse Nathaniel Funk (1888-1933), United States Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Isaac Kauffman Funk (1839-1912), American publisher and co-founder of Funk & Wagnalls Co. in 1891 which was best known for its Standard Dictionary of the English Language (1893)
  • Joseph Funk (1778-1862), pioneer American music teacher and publisher
  • Dory Funk (1919-1973), American professional wrestler
  • Christian Funk (1731-1811), American Mennonite bishop and author
  • Leonard A Funk (1916-1992), highly decorated American soldier awarded both the Medal of Honor and the Croix de Guerre during WWII [3]
  • Lorenz Funk Sr. (1947-2017), German bronze medalist ice hockey player who played for the West German national team
  • Wes Funk (1968-2015), Canadian writer based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Casimir Funk (1884-1967), Polish biochemist who discovered vitamins in 1912

RMS Titanic
  • Miss Annie Clemmer Funk (d. 1912), aged 38, Indian Second Class passenger from Janjgir-Champa, India who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [4]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Frank Francis Funk, American Boatswain's Mate Second Class from Missouri, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [5]
  • Mr. Lawrence Henry Funk, American Seaman First Class from Wisconsin, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [5]


Suggested Readings for the name Funk +

  • 1269 Funk Forebears by Norma J. Kinney, A Tree Grows in Funks Grove: A History of the Funk-Stubblefield Families of McLean County, Illinois by Stephen C. Funk.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Arnold Funk. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Funk/Arnold_John/USA.html
  3. ^ World War 2 Awards.com - FUNK, Leonard. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Leonard Funk. Retrieved from http://www.ww2awards.com/person/835
  4. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  5. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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