Show ContentsDiercks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Diercks surname derives from the Germanic personal name Tederich (Theudoricus), which was composed of the elements "theud," meaning "people," or "race," and "ric," meaning "powerful."

Early Origins of the Diercks family

The surname Diercks was first found in Switzerland, where the name Dietrich emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. The popularity of the name can be traced back to the major figure of Theodrich the Great, King of the Goths in the 5th century. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Diercks family

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Diercks Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dieterich (Austria), Dietrich, Dittrich (Silesia), Diterich, Deeterich, Dieterick, Diterichs, Diterig and many more.

Early Notables of the Diercks family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Diercks family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christian Dieterich, who came to New York in 1709-1710; and who was one of the many bearers of this name who landed in North America in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Contemporary Notables of the name Diercks (post 1700) +

  • John H. Diercks, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 7th District, 1874 [1]

  • Klaus Diercks (1916-1941), German Schreibersoberfähnrich who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from
  2. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook