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From the historical and enchanting region of Austria emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Finke family. Originally, the Austrian people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Austria is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an "eke-name," or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Finke is a nickname type of surname for a cheerful person who sings songs. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the German word fink, which means finch, which is a type of small bird.

Finke Early Origins



The surname Finke was first found in Austria, 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.

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Finke Spelling Variations


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Finke Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Finke include Finck, Fincke, Finckl (Bavaria), Finncke, Fink, Finke, Finkl, Finke and many more.

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Finke Early History


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Finke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Finke research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1445, 1527, 1718, 1766, 1783, 1792, 1820, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Finke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Finke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Finke Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Finke were Heinrich Finck (1445-1527), who was composer and court musician for both Polish and German princes. Friedrich August von...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Finke 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



After the First World War, Austria became a republi c. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Finke were

Finke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J Finke, who arrived in North America in 1832
  • Christian Finke came to Texas in 1844
  • Cath Mars Finke, who landed in America in 1845
  • W Fr Finke, who arrived in America in 1847
  • Heinr W Finke, who landed in America in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Finke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • August Finke, who landed in Arkansas in 1910

Finke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Finke, aged 46, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Pauline"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Finke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Finke (post 1700)



  • Herbert Finke, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1952
  • Gene Finke, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 77th District, 1996

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    5. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

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