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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.

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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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Funck, Funcke, Funcken, Funk, Funke, Funken, Funkh, Funckenheim, Funckner, Funkhauser and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fankhauser research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1646, 1723, 1836, 1504, 1539, 1642, 1699, 1666, 1746, 1736 and 1786 are included under the topic Early Fankhauser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fankhauser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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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  • 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
  • Rupert Fankhauser, Austrian clarinetist, lecturer at the University of Music and Pictoral Arts in Vienna
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    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    5. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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