nickname. Such surnames were very common in Westphalia. They were adapted from traditional eke-names, or added names, that described physical characteristics of their bearers. Starker is a hereditary surname for a person who was noted for being strong and powerful. The name Starker was originally derived from the German word "starc," which means "strong."
Early Origins of the Starker family
Westphalia, where the name was associated with the noble family whose seat was in the area around Bochum. They gained a significant reputation for contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Early History of the Starker family
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Starker Spelling Variations
Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Starker include Starck, Starcke, Stark, Starke (Lausitz), Staerk, Staerkel, Staerkle and many more.
Early Notables of the Starker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Starker family to the New World and Oceana
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:
Starker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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