Donkers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Donkers family

The surname Donkers 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 Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Important Dates for the Donkers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donkers research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1793, 1635, 1668, 1664 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Donkers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Donkers Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Doncker, Donck, Doncke, Donckere, Doncquer, Doncquers, Donker, Donkers, Donkersloot, Donckermann and many more.

Early Notables of the Donkers family (pre 1700)

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Donkers migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Donkers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Catalyn Donkers, who arrived in New York in 1639 [1]
Donkers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • A. Donkers, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1920 from Jabos, Puerto Rico [2]
  • Albertus F. J. Donkers, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Noordam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [3]
  • Joseph Donkers, aged 6, originally from Geeraerdsbergen, Belgium, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [4]

Citations

  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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HW-YMD : 6 December 2014), A. Donkers, 09 Sep 1920; citing departure port Jabos, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name , NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J666-1JW : 6 December 2014), Albertus F. J. Donkers, 11 Nov 1920; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Noordam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6P9-8M9 : 6 December 2014), Joseph Donkers, 12 Jun 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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