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Where did the German Dumke family come from? What is the German Dumke family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dumke family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dumke family history?

The Dumke family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, as hereditary surnames began to be adopted, names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Dumke is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Dumke was given to someone who lived in Bavaria.

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Dumke include Thoma, Thoman, Thom, Thoms, Toma, Thomas, Tomas, Thomasius, Thoeman, Thome, Thomen, Thomme, Thomm, Demel, Dehmel and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where this surname surfaced in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century onwards the name was associated with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dumke research. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1776, 1635, 1669, 1746, 1655, 1728, 1670, 1704, 1644, 1709, 1663 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Dumke History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 149 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dumke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Dumke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Anna Dumke, who landed in Texas in 1854
  • Friedr. Dumke, aged 37, who landed in America from Prussia, in 1893
  • Otto Dumke, aged 6, who emigrated to America from Prussia, in 1893
  • Heinrich Dumke, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Dumke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Franz Dumke, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1902
  • Alma Dumke, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States from Wisulke, Germany, in 1913
  • Wadamar Dumke, aged 4, who landed in America from Wisulke, Germany, in 1913
  • Olla Dumke, aged 16, who landed in America from Germany, in 1913
  • Ella Dumke, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from New Zittan, Germany, in 1914


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  • Glenn S. Dumke (1917-1989), American historian, Chancellor of the California State University (1962 to 1982)
  • Klaus Dumke (1941-1968), German fencer at the 1968 Summer Olympics


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  7. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  9. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
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The Dumke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dumke Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 14 January 2015 at 17:41.

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