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Multiple Origins for the Surname Funk


German


The ancient and distinguished surname Funk 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.

Funk Early Origins



The surname Funk 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 Funk 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 Funk 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.

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Funk Spelling Variations


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Funk Spelling Variations



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

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Funk Early History


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Funk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Funk 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 Funk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Funk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Funk Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Funk 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Funk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Funk, who arrived in America in 1731
  • Samuel Funk, who arrived in America in 1731
  • Hendrick Funk, aged 36, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Anna Funk, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Georg Funk, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Funk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Funk, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Bernhard Funk, who landed in North America in 1837
  • Valentin Funk, who landed in North America in 1837
  • Johannes Funk, who arrived in North America in 1838
  • Adam Funk, who landed in Mississippi in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Funk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anganetha Krahn and Isaak Funk, who were recorded to be living in Québec in 1874
  • Abraham Funk, who arrived in Manitoba in 1874
  • John Funk, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Peter Funk, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Peter Funk, who arrived in Manitoba in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Funk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Funk (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Arnold John Funk (1895-1980), American Commandant of Camp Edwards (1952)
  • Corporal Jesse Nathaniel Funk (1888-1933), United States Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Isaac Kauffman Funk (1839-1912), American publisher and co-founder of Funk & Wagnalls Co. in 1891 which was best known for its Standard Dictionary of the English Language (1893)
  • Joseph Funk (1778-1862), pioneer American music teacher and publisher
  • Dory Funk (1919-1973), American professional wrestler
  • Christian Funk (1731-1811), American Mennonite bishop and author
  • Leonard A Funk (1916-1992), highly decorated American soldier awarded both the Medal of Honor and the Croix de Guerre during WWII
  • Wes Funk (1968-2015), Canadian writer based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Casimir Funk (1884-1967), Polish biochemist who discovered vitamins in 1912

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Funk Historic Events


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Funk Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Miss Annie Clemmer Funk (d. 1912), aged 38, Indian Second Class passenger from Janjgir-Champa, India who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Funk


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Suggested Readings for the name Funk



  • Funk Forebears by Norma J. Kinney.
  • A Tree Grows in Funks Grove: A History of the Funk-Stubblefield Families of McLean County, Illinois by Stephen C. Funk.

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Funk Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    2. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    3. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. 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).
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Funk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Funk 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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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