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

The surname Denk 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.


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

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]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denk research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1401, 1424, 1501, 1551, 1674 and 1572 are included under the topic Early Denk History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Denk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Denk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • August Denk, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • Andres Denk, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1897
  • Adolf Denk, aged 27, who settled in America from London, in 1898

Denk Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adolf Denk, aged 6, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Edward Denk, aged 33, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1907
  • Cahugust Denk, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Annie Denk, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Alois Denk, aged 31, who landed in America from Wien, Austria, in 1911


  • Tyler Denk (b. 1976), American male model
  • Jeremy Denk (b. 1970), American classical pianist
  • Gustav Denk (1915-1943), German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II
  • Paula Denk (1908-1978), German actress
  • Winfried Denk (b. 1957), German physicist and neurobiologist


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.


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  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)

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  11. ...

The Denk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Denk 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 30 September 2013 at 10:13.

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