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The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the ancestors of the Dunckel surname. Dunckel was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, and they often attached the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," to the surname. Often, the use of "von" was a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Dunckel was a name for someone who lived near a swamp. Ancient records reveal the name Dunckel is derived from the Old German word dunk, which referred to a small hill in a swampy area. The surname Dunckel is also of nickname origin and derived from the word dunck, or dunkel which means dark. One must assume that the original bearers of the surname Dunckel had dark physical features.

Dunckel Early Origins



The surname Dunckel was first found in the Rhineland, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The earliest individual member of this family to be mentioned in chronicles was Georg Dunckel who lived in Cologne on the Rhine river around 1186.

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Dunckel Spelling Variations


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Dunckel Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Dunckel include Dunkel, Dunckel, Dunkelman, Dunkelmann, Dunkell, Dunkle, Dunker and many more.

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Dunckel Early History


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Dunckel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunckel research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1811 and 1866 are included under the topic Early Dunckel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dunckel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dunckel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunckel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Dunckel, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Dunckel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Dunckel, age 26, settled in America in 1709
  • Johannes Dunckel arrived in Philadelphia in 1730
  • John Ludwig Dunckel, who arrived in New York in 1759
  • Heinrich Dunckel, who landed in America in 1780
  • Barbara Dunckel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1785
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dunckel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Dunckel, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • J Z Dunckel, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunckel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunckel (post 1700)



  • Major-General William Caldwell Dunckel (1893-1977), American Chief of Planning Division South-west Pacific Area (1944-1945)
  • Verdon R. Dunckel, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1944, 1956, 1960; Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Hillsdale District, 1948, 1950
  • Luis Miller Dunckel (1899-1975), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 6th District, 1935-38; Michigan State Treasurer, 1939-40; Candidate in primary for Governor of Michigan, 1940
  • Wallis Dunckel (b. 1901), prominent banker and past President of Bankers Trust New York Corporation

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    2. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    3. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    5. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    6. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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    The Dunckel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dunckel 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 11 December 2015 at 13:40.

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