The distinguished German surname Jonker is derived from the Middle High German word "juncherre," meaning "a young noble, not yet knighted." This term was often applied to a young man serving at court who would soon be knighted, and it is likely that the term evolved from nickname
to surname, and was then passed down along a family line.
Early Origins of the Jonker family
The surname Jonker was first found in various regions of Germany
, and several branches emerged independently during the Middle Ages. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Burchardt Junker, listed in the Furstenbergisches Urkundenbuch in 1295. The young Jonker family was instrumental during this early period, playing an important role in the development of medieval society.
Early History of the Jonker family
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Jonker Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Junker, Junkher, Juncker, Junkers, Junckherre and others.
Early Notables of the Jonker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jonker family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Barbara Junker, who settled in Georgia in 1733; Friedrich Juncker, who emigrated from the Palatinate to Pennsylvania in 1764; Caspar Juncker, who settled in Virginia after fighting in the Revolutionary War.
Contemporary Notables of the name Jonker (post 1700)
- Frederick H. Jonker, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1940 CITATION[CLOSE]
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