Denker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Denker 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 Denker family

The surname Denker 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 Denker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denker research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1401, 1424, 1501, 1551, 1674 and 1572 are included under the topic Early Denker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Denker 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 Denker family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Denker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Denker Ranking

In the United States, the name Denker is the 14,934th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]


United States Denker migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Denker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernh Hems Denker, who landed in America in 1848 [3]
  • Joh Theodor Denker, who landed in America in 1848 [3]
  • J P Denker, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [3]
  • Ferd Denker, who landed in America in 1854 [3]
  • Christian Denker, who arrived in America in 1855 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Denker (post 1700) +

  • Andrew Henry Denker (1840-1892), German-born, early American hotels owner with Henry Hammel in southern California
  • Travis Norton Denker (b. 1985), American Major league Baseball right-handed second baseman
  • Arnold Sheldon Denker (1914-2005), American chess player, Grandmaster, and chess author, U.S. Chess Champion in 1945 and 1946, "Dean of American Chess"
  • Henry Denker (1912-2012), American novelist and playwright
  • Lydia Denker (b. 1982), German-born, Australian singer songwriter from Melbourne, Victoria


The Denker 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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ 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)


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