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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.
The surname Denk 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. 
Spelling variations of this family name include: Dankin, Dankyn, Dankins, Dankys, Danks, Danke, Dankes, Denk, Denke and many more.
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 patriaMotto Translation:
For our faith and country.
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- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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- Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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.
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