The ancient and distinguished surname Funkhouser 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 Funkhouser family
The surname Funkhouser 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 Funkhouser 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 Funkhouser 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 Funkhouser family
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Funkhouser Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Funck, Funcke, Funcken, Funk, Funke, Funken, Funkh, Funckenheim, Funckner, Funkhauser and many more.
Early Notables of the Funkhouser family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Funkhouser family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Funkhouser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Henry Funkhouser, who emigrated from the Palatinate to Virginia in 1740
Funkhouser Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Edgar M. Funkhouser, who landed in America, in 1906
- Leda M. Funkhouser, aged 34, who settled in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1921
- Ann P. Funkhouser, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States from Roanoke, Virginia, in 1921
- Raymond Funkhouser, aged 34, who emigrated to Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1923
- Merle Funkhouser, aged 35, who emigrated to Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1923
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Contemporary Notables of the name Funkhouser (post 1700)
- Howard Gray Funkhouser (1898-1984), American mathematician
- Henry Funkhouser, owner of the Henry Funkhouser Farm and Log House, a historic home in Baker, Hardy County, West Virginia listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001
- Erica Funkhouser, American poet who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Richard Edgar Funkhouser (1917-2008), American diplomat and geologist from Trenton, New Jersey
- Chris Funkhouser (b. 1964), American Associate Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Mark Funkhouser (b. 1949), American politician, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri (2007 to 2011)