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As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. The Dunk history starts with such a migration. As the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames refers either directly or indirectly to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, physical appearance, habits, or character, among other attributes. Flemish names of this type frequently feature the prefixes lile, which meant the. The surname Dunk is a nickname for a quarrelsome person. The surname Dunk is derived from the Old English word dunch, which means a push, a knock, or a bump.

Dunk Early Origins



The surname Dunk was first found in Berkshire at Little Wittenham, a parish, in the union of Wallingford, hundred of Ock. "The church contains monuments to the Dunche family. Sinodun Hill, in the neighbourhood, is surrounded by an ancient intrenchment supposed to be British." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Dunk Spelling Variations


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Dunk Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Dunk, Dunch, Dunche, Dunke, Dunck and others.

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Dunk Early History


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Dunk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunk research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1508, 1597, 1551, 1623, 1593, 1668, 1621, 1653, 1611, 1602, 1678, 1639, 1680, 1660, 1679, 1680, 1630, 1668, 1654, 1659, 1657, 1719, 1718 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Dunk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dunk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dunk Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent in the family at this time was William Dunk, Vicar of Sauton; William Dunch (1508-1597) was an English politician, Auditor of the Royal Mint for Kings Henry VIII and Edward IV; Sir Edmund Dunch (1551-1623), an English MP and High Sheriff; Samuel Dunch (1593-1668), an English politician who sat in...

Another 97 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunk 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



Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Dunk family to immigrate North America:

Dunk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Dunk, who settled in New England in 1748

Dunk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles, David, Henry, Robert, and William Dunk, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1850 and 1860

Dunk Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Dunk arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • Mary Dunk arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • Charlotte Dunk arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • John Palmer Dunk arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • Alfred Dunk arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunk (post 1700)



  • Chris Dunk (b. 1958), American former professional tennis player
  • Jim Dunk, English actor best known for his role as Dave Stocks in the soap opera Crossroads
  • Lewis Carl Dunk (b. 1991), English footballer
  • George Montagu- Dunk KG, PC (1716-1771), 2nd Earl of Halifax, a British statesman, President of the Board of Trade (1748-1761), Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1761-1763)
  • Sir William Ernest Dunk CBE (1897-1984), Australian senior official in the Australian Public Service, Secretary of the Department of External Affairs (1945-1947), Chairman of the Public Service Board (1947-1961)
  • Ben Robert Dunk (b. 1987), Australian professional cricket player
  • William Edgar "Bill" Dunk (b. 1938), Australian professional golfer

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  11. ...

The Dunk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dunk 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.

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