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The roots of the distinguished German surname Runk lie in Pomerania. The name is derived from the Middle High German word "Runze," meaning "wrinkle," and was most likely originally bestowed on an older person as a nickname, eventually becoming a surname.

Runk Early Origins



The surname Runk was first found in Pomerania, where it is thought to have first emerged. The earliest known bearer of the name was Conrad Runke, who was a resident of Rostock in 1288. The young Runk family played a major role in the early history of the region, and contributed greatly to the development of Pomeranian society.

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Runk Spelling Variations


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Runk Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Runke, Runk, Ronke, Ronk, Runck, Runcke, Ronck and many more.

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Runk Early History


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Runk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Runk research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1765, 1834, 1814 and 1878 are included under the topic Early Runk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Runk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Runk Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Runk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Runk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Runk, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johan Arnold Runk, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Philip Runk, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760

Runk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Crey Runk, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Herman Runk, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Runk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Runk (post 1700)



  • John Runk (1791-1872), American politician, Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1845-47

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    2. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    3. 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).
    4. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Runk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Runk 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 9 November 2015 at 11:39.

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