Early Origins of the Vankirk family
The surname Vankirk was first found in Austria
, where the name Gurck became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.
Early History of the Vankirk family
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Vankirk Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gurck, Gurk, Curk, Kirk, Kurk, Kurck, Curck, Görck, Gorcken, Gorcher, Gerck and many more.
Early Notables of the Vankirk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vankirk family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joannes Gurk, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1728; Agnes Kirk, who was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1773; Adam Kurck, who was naturalized in New York in 1836.
Contemporary Notables of the name Vankirk (post 1700)
- Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk (b. 1921), American navigator of the "Enola Gay"