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The German surname Janke is derived from the popular first name "Johann," and simply means "son of Johann."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Janke, Jahnke, Jancke, Jahncke, Jahn, Jahnicke, Janisch, Jahnich and many more.

First found in Plauen, in the eastern part of Saxony, where Johannes Jahn, the first recorded bearer of the name, was living in 1475.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Janke research. Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1475, 1591, 1609, 1641, 1663, 1724, 1763, 1778, and 1852 are included under the topic Early Janke History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Janke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Janke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Anna Luise Christine Regine K Janke, aged 32, landed in America in 1843
  • Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand Janke, aged 30, arrived in America in 1843
  • Wilhelm Janke, aged 6, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893
  • Alwine Janke, aged 24, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893
  • Elise Janke, aged 3, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893


Janke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Christian Janke, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1909
  • Auguste Janke, who arrived in Chile in 1912

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  • John W. Janke, American radioman with the Eights Station winter party in 1964, eponym of Janke Nunatak, an isolated Antarctic nunatak
  • Fred C. Janke (1917-2009), American football player
  • Robert Arthur Janke (b. 1922), professor working in the American Midwest
  • Gabriele Janke (b. 1956), German fencer
  • Karin Janke (b. 1963), retired German sprinter
  • Kleber Janke (b. 1988), Brazilian defensive midfielder


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The Janke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Janke 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 17 September 2014 at 11:14.

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