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.
Early Origins of the Dumke family
The surname Dumke was 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.
Early History of the Dumke family
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Dumke Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Dumke family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Dumke in this period include Frederic Count de Thoms (1669-1746), a German art collector; Peter Lorenz Thomas von Langenhardt (mid 17th century), Secretary of the Johannite Order of knights at Sonnenburg; Christian Thomas (1655-1728, known as Thomasius)... Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dumke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dumke family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- 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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Contemporary Notables of the name Dumke (post 1700)
- 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