Dirks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dirks family

The surname Dirks 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 Dirks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dirks research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1846 is included under the topic Early Dirks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dirks 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 Dirks family (pre 1700)

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United States Dirks migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dirks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Adriaen Dirks, aged 40, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1651 [1]
  • Roelof Dirks, aged 19, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1651 [1]
  • Pieter Dirks, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1653 [1]
Dirks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hendrik Dirks, aged 32, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792 [1]
Dirks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Herm Heinr Dirks, who landed in America in 1846 [1]
  • Grietje Dirks, aged 24, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • A Elis Dirks, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1848 [1]
  • Bernh Dirks, who landed in America in 1849 [1]
  • Peter Dirks, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dirks (post 1700) +

  • R. J. Dirks, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Malden, Missouri, 1967 [2]
  • Henry Bernhard Dirks (1884-1955), American politician, Mayor of East Lansing, Michigan, 1928-29; Defeated, 1925, 1929 [2]
  • Henry Dirks, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1952 [2]
  • Benjamin Dirks, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984 [2]
  • Andrew Lee Dirks (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Nicholas Dirks, American Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Professor of History at Columbia University
  • Rudolph Dirks (1877-1968), German-born, American comic strip artist, best known for his strip "The Captain and the Kids"

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Fred L Dirks, British Petty Officer Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [3]

  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

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