The surname Haenke can be derived from three possible root words. In each instance, the name would have originated a patronymic
name inspired by the personal name
of the father. Firstly, Haenke can come from "Hanek," a Slavic short form for the name Johannes, from the Hebrew
meaning "gracious gift of God." Or the name may come from a diminutive of the personal name Heinrich, from the Middle High German for "home-rule." Or it may derive from a number of ancient Germanic names beginning with the Old High German element "Hagan" meaning "enclosure." In this last case, the surname Haenke may also have been applied as a locative name, inspired by a geographical feature near where the bearer resided.
Early Origins of the Haenke family
The surname Haenke was first found in Silesia
and Lusatia, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local
social and political affairs. Early mentions of the name include Bartlome Hanngg, a resident of Ravensburg in 1480, and the Hanke family from Rehme who were granted a blazon of arms. Jacob Hennecke also known as Hencken or Hanke was a mayor in 1525. Hans Hanckin lived in Hochdorf in 1685, and Cord Hancke and his son Johann Hinrich Hanke in Rehme in 1665 and 1675.
Early History of the Haenke family
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Haenke Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Hank, Hanke, Hancke, Hänke, Häncke, Haenke, Handke, Hahnke, Hankh and many more.
Early Notables of the Haenke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Haenke family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Eduard Hanke, who settled in Texas in 1847; and August Hanke, who immigrated to Baltimore in 1854. In 1851; F.E. Hanke traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and F.L. Hanke landed in Panama on the way to California. Anton Hanke arrived in New York in 1849.