Warnke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Warnke emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. German surnames developed at a time when most of Lower Saxony, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to more clearly identify themselves.

Early Origins of the Warnke family

The surname Warnke was first found in Lower Saxony, where the family gained a significant reputation for their contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. Branches of this estimable family held estates near Hanover, at Trebitsch in Silesia, and at Tolitz in Pomerania. The oldest form of the name is Werneke or Werner, but, in northern areas especially around Hamburg, it changed to Warner by around 1300. Chronicles first mention Herman Werneking of Hanover in 1497.

Early History of the Warnke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warnke research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1646, 1818, 1718, 1805, 1759, 1829, 1791, 1687, 1768, 1823, 1750, 1817, 1693, 1766, 1761, 1637 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Warnke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Warnke Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Werner, Warner, Warners, Werners, Wernere, Wernerer, Waerner, Warncke, Warnke (Hamburg), Werneke, Warnken, Warnke, Warneking (Westphalia) and many more.

Early Notables of the Warnke family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time included Zacharias Werner (1768-1823), who was a controversial dramatist. Abraham Gottlieb Werner (1750-1817) was a famous mineralogist and is considered to be the founder of geology. He influenced generations of prominent scientists while teaching at the mining...
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Warnke Ranking

In the United States, the name Warnke is the 9,879th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Warnke family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christoff Werner, who emigrated to England or America with his wife and son in 1709; Christopher Werner arrived in New York State in 1710 at the age of 35.

Contemporary Notables of the name Warnke (post 1700) +

  • Reno A. Warnke, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Morgan County, 1964 [2]
  • Curtis Warnke, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1964 [2]
  • Christine Warnke, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from District of Columbia, 2004-08; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 2004, 2008 [2]
  • Paul Culliton Warnke (b. 1920), Chief Negotiator for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) in 1977-78

  • Wilhelm Warnke (1920-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details

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