The roots of the distinguished German surname Runke 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.
Early Origins of the Runke family
The surname Runke 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 Runke family played a major role in the early history of the region, and contributed greatly to the development of Pomeranian society.
Early History of the Runke family
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Runke Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Runke, Runk, Ronke, Ronk, Runck, Runcke, Ronck and many more.
Early Notables of the Runke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Runke family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacob Ronk, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738; Philip Runk, who was naturalized in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1760; Carl Runk, who was a member of the Cincinatti German Pioneer Society in 1849.
Contemporary Notables of the name Runke (post 1700)
- Walter Runke (b. 1879), state senator from Arizona