Voelker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Voelker family

The surname Voelker was first found in Holland, where the name 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. The name was first recorded in Limburg, the smallest, southernmost province of the Netherlands. The capital of the province is Mastricht, noted for its contribution to the modern treaty for the E.E.C. Other notable towns are Crefeld and Breda and Nijmwegan. In their later history the surname 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 Voelker family

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Voelker Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Volkershoven, Volker, Volka, Volckershoven, Volkershollen, Volkershuisen, Wolkshoven, Wolishofen, Folkhoven and many more.

Early Notables of the Voelker family (pre 1700)

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Voelker Ranking

In the United States, the name Voelker is the 8,094th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Voelker migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Voelker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Voelker, who landed in Mississippi in 1844 [2]
  • Anna Barbara Voelker, who settled in North America in 1847
  • Leopold Voelker, who arrived in Iowa in 1850 [2]
  • Theodore O Voelker, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855 [2]
  • Cath Voelker, who settled in New York, NY in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Voelker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Christian Voelker, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Edmund Voelker, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Charles Voelker, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Amandus Voelker, aged 35, who landed in America from Meissen, Germany, in 1911
  • Clovis Voelker, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Voelker migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Voelker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Voelker (post 1700) +

  • Christopher Voelker (b. 1961), American freelance studio photographer
  • Bobby Voelker (b. 1979), American professional mixed martial arts fighter
  • John D. Voelker (1903-1991), American attorney, judge, and writer best known as the author of the novel, Anatomy of a Murder published in 1958
  • Paul F. Voelker (b. 1875), American Democratic Party politician, Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1933-35 [4]
  • Joseph Voelker, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1944, 1948 [4]
  • John Donaldson Voelker (1903-1991), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1937-39; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1956 [4]
  • John Voelker, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916 [4]
  • Frank Voelker, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1944 [4]
  • Charlie Voelker, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 46th District, 2008 [4]
  • Elke Voelker (b. 1968), German organist, church musician and musicologist


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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