The ancient and distinguished surname Fankhauser is of German origin. It is derived from the Middle High German "funke," meaning "spark," and was most likely originally used to denote a blacksmith. Alternatively, it may have originally been bestowed as a nickname
to indicate a very lively person.
Early Origins of the Fankhauser family
The surname Fankhauser was first found in Baden, as well as the Rhineland
and Pomerania, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the areas. The young Fankhauser family declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending its influence in struggles for power and status within the region. It branched into many houses, and its contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. The origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the Fankhauser family emerged independently in various areas of Germany
. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was a knight called Funke, who was living in the town of Rüdesheim in 1280.
Early History of the Fankhauser family
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Fankhauser Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Funck, Funcke, Funcken, Funk, Funke, Funken, Funkh, Funckenheim, Funckner, Funkhauser and many more.
Early Notables of the Fankhauser family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fankhauser family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fankhauser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Nicholas Fankhauser, who immigrated to New Jersey with his family in 1819
- Gottfried Fankhauser, aged 19, who landed in America from LaHente, in 1899
Fankhauser Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Wilhelm Fankhauser, aged 42, who landed in America from Basel, Switzerland, in 1910
- Frieda Fankhauser, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Solothurn, Switzerland, in 1911
- Christian Fankhauser, aged 32, who landed in America from Chesiok, Switzerland, in 1913
- Johann Fankhauser, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States from Chesiok, Switzerland, in 1913
- Max Fankhauser, aged 3, who landed in America from Chesiok, Switzerland, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fankhauser (post 1700)
- Gerhard Fankhauser (1901-1981), American embryologist, Princeton professor (1931 to 1969)
- James Lee Fankhauser (b. 1939), American conductor, tenor, and educator
- Merrell Wayne Fankhauser (b. 1943), American singer, songwriter and guitarist
- Urs Fankhauser (1943-2018), Swiss rower at the 1968 Summer Olympics and the 1972 Summer Olympics
- Rupert Fankhauser, Austrian clarinetist, lecturer at the University of Music and Pictoral Arts in Vienna