Show ContentsDanker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Danker was a baptismal name meaning "the son of Daniel." It was originally formed by the addition of the suffix "kin" onto the pet name Dan, to create Dankin. As was typically with this type of name, the suffix "kin" was shortened over time into "kys" and "ks." Thus, Dankin often became Dankys or Danks.

Early Origins of the Danker family

The surname Danker was first found in Gloucestershire, when Gunnild Danekin was documented during the reigns of Henry III and Edward I. Adam and Richard Dankyn were recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. [1]

Early History of the Danker family

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Danker Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dankin, Dankyn, Dankins, Dankys, Danks, Danke, Dankes, Denk, Denke and many more.

Early Notables of the Danker family (pre 1700)

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United States Danker migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Danker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Heinrich Danker, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1793 [2]
Danker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Danker, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • Louise Danker, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • Rinka Danker, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Danker (post 1700) +

  • Fay Danker, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of McPherson County Democratic Party, 1940 [3]
  • Arlyn E. Danker, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 5th District, 1982 [3]

The Danker Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro fide et patria
Motto Translation: For our faith and country.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook