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The ancient and distinguished surname Funke 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.

Funke Early Origins



The surname Funke 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 Funke 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 Funke 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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Funke Spelling Variations


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Funke 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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Funke Early History


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Funke Early History



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

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Funke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Funke Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

Funke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Heinr Funke, who landed in America in 1833
  • Jos Funke, who arrived in America in 1834
  • John F Funke, aged 34, landed in Missouri in 1843
  • Herm Anton Jos Funke, who landed in America in 1843
  • M Cath Funke, who arrived in America in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Funke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Carl A. Funke, aged 39, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Maria Funke, aged 37, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Henry Funke, aged 10, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Ernest Funke, aged 8, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Frederick Funke, aged 6, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" 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 Funke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Funke (post 1700)



  • Michael Funke (b. 1969), German racing driver
  • Joachim Funke (b. 1953), German professor of psychology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Cornelia Caroline Funke (b. 1958), German author of children's books who has sold over 10 million copies of her books
  • Jaromír Funke (1896-1945), Czech photographer, co-founder of the Czech Photographic Society

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    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. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Funke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Funke 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 8 May 2014 at 03:10.

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