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The surname Henkel was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Henkel, Henke, Henkell and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henkel research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 182 and 1824 are included under the topic Early Henkel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Henkel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Jurig Henkel, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Michel Henkel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Philip Henkel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • John David Henkel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • John Valentin Henkel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754


Henkel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary Henkel, aged 26, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Henry Henkel, who landed in Mississippi in 1854
  • Valentin Henkel, who landed in America in 1855
  • Charles Henkel, who landed in Texas in 1858
  • Philipp Henkel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866


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  • William Henkel, American politician, Representative from New York 16th District, 1916
  • William Henkel, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1892, 1924 (alternate); Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 15th District, 1916
  • M. A. Henkel, American Republican politician, Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1930
  • Columbus Vance Henkel (b. 1908), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 25th District, 1953-59; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1956
  • August Henkel, American politician, Representative from New York 1st District, 1934
  • Ann S. Henkel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000, 2004
  • Kim Henkel (b. 1946), American film producer, writer, and actor
  • Andrea Henkel (b. 1977), German 2002 Olympic gold medal winner in the 15 km Individual Biathlon
  • Heike Henkel (b. 1964), German former athlete competing in high jump who won the high jump gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona
  • Manuela Henkel (b. 1974), German Gold Medal-winning cross-country skier

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  • Holcombe-Doane-Henke (also Henkel) Family History 1812-1983 by Mary Alice Henke.
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  1. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  5. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  7. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  8. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
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The Henkel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Henkel 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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