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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.

Runke Early Origins



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.

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Runke Early History


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Runke Early History



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

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Runke Spelling Variations


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Runke Spelling Variations



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

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Runke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Runke Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Runke 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 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Runke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Runke (post 1700)



  • Walter Runke (b. 1879), state senator from Arizona

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