Dirk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dirk family

The surname Dirk was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. It was the seat of the old Counts of Holland. Seat of one of the oldest families is Brederode Castle near Haarlem. There are many old and quaint towns in the province. including Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Edam, and Monnikendam. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Dirk family

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Dirk Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dirk, Dirke, Dirkes, Dirks, Dirck, Durk, Durck, Durke, van Dirk, Dirike, Dierkes and many more.

Early Notables of the Dirk family (pre 1700)

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United States Dirk migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dirk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gesina Dirk, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • H J Dirk, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dirk (post 1700) +

  • Robert Dirk (b. 1966), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey defenceman from Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Ruurd Dirk Hoogland (1922-1994), Dutch explorer and botanist
  • Jan Dirk Breytenbach DVR SD SM MMM (b. 1933), founder of the South African Special Forces Brigade
  • Koene Dirk Parmentier, Dutch KLM chief pilot, one of the winners of the MacRobertson Air Race; he piloted the KLM Lockheed L-049 Constellation airliner when it crashed on 20 October 1948 where all 40 aboard died, an investigation found that much of the cause was to do with faulty dated charts and poor weather
  • Yancey Dirk Thigpen (b. 1969), American NFL football wide receiver who played from 1991 to 2000
  • Dennis Dirk Blocker (b. 1957), American actor
  • Dirk Frederik Mudge (1928-2020), Namibian politician, Chairman of the Turnhalle Constitutional Conference (1975-1977)
  • Dirk Geukens (1962-1963), Belgian motorcross racer
  • Dirk M. Sandefur (b. 1961), American jurist, associate justice of the Montana Supreme Court
  • Dirk Wellham (b. 1959), Australian former first class cricketer from Marrickville, New South Wales

  1. ^ 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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