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Where did the German Manke family come from? When did the Manke family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Manke family history?

The origin of the name is the southern German form "Meinhardt," which is a compound of "strength" (Mein) and "bravery" (Hardt).

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Meinecke, Meincke, Meinke, Meineken, Meineking, Meinhard, Meinhold, Meininger, Meinart, Meinert, Meinhardt, Mein, Meine, Meinen, Meins, Meiner, Main, Mains, Mainer and many more.

First found in Pomerania, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. Chronicles first mention Meyne Meynen of Barth in Pomerania in 1415, and Heinrich Meyneking of Hanover in 1311. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manke research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1350, 1704, 1727, 1775, 1797, and 1851 are included under the topic Early Manke History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Manke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Manke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Friderike Wilh Manke, aged 27, arrived in America in 1846

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