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The German surname Deckard emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The Deckard family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.


The surname Deckard was first found in Prussia, 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.

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Deckard include Decker, Dekker, Degger, Dagger, Deckert, Deckar, Dekkar, Deggar and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deckard research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1838, 1679, 1749, 1719, 1650 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Deckard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deckard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Deckard were

Deckard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Josef Deckard, aged 3, who arrived in America from Oberweissenbraun, in 1893
  • Rosa Deckard, aged 29, who arrived in America from Oberweissenbraun, in 1893
  • Susanna Deckard, aged 58, who arrived in America from Oberweissenbraun, in 1893

Deckard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Fred Deckard, aged 28, who arrived in America, in 1922

  • Ruth Deckard, American pinup artist, active in the mid-1930s through the 1950s; for many years it was thought she was a man
  • John Silk Deckard (1938-1994), American printmaker and sculptor
  • Huey Joel Deckard (b. 1942), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1979-1983)
  • Carl R. Deckard Ph.D, ME,, American inventor, teacher, and businessman, known for inventing the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), a method of 3D printing
  • Oscar D. Deckard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912 (alternate), 1916
  • Olen Deckard, American Republican politician, Elected Missouri State House of Representatives from Douglas County 1950
  • Huey Joel Deckard (b. 1942), American Republican politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1966-74; U.S. Representative from Indiana 8th District, 1979-83

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    The Deckard Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Deckard 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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