The Popken surname comes from the Germanic personal name
Poppo, Boppo, of uncertain origin and meaning.
Early Origins of the Popken family
The surname Popken was first found in Westphalia
, where the name Popken emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. This surname comes from a Germanic personal name
Poppo or Boppo of uncertain origin. It was a common given name among the counts of Henneberg and Babenberg in E. Frisia between the 9th and 14th centuries.
Early History of the Popken family
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Popken Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Popp, Poppe, Bopp, Bopf, Popper, Poppen, Poppinga, Poppel, Boppel, Popkema and many more.
Early Notables of the Popken family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Popken family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Popken Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Popke Popken, who landed in Iowa in 1883 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Popken (post 1700)
- Ralf Popken (b. 1962), German countertenor
- Johann Popken, German founder of Ulla Popken, a German clothing retailer in 1880 who now has more than 320 stores across Europe
- Gabriëlle Popken (b. 1983), Dutch politician, Member of the Senate (2011-)