Welke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Welke family

The surname Welke 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 South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria is buried. 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 Welke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Welke research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1825, 1690 and 1748 are included under the topic Early Welke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Welke Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wilkenshoff, Wilkens, Wilkenhoff, Wilkenshof, Willkenshoff, Wilckens, Wilckenshoff, Wihlkenshoff, Welkenshoff, Weilkenshoff, Weilkenshoff, Wielkens and many more.

Early Notables of the Welke family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Welke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Welke migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Welke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan William Welke, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1794 [1]
  • Johan William Welke, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1794
Welke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maria Welke, aged 31, who arrived in New York, NY in 1867 [1]
  • Gerhard Welke, aged 35, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1879 [1]
  • Gotlib Welke, who arrived in America in 1890 [1]
Welke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank A. Welke, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Lake Savus" from Bremen via Brest, France [2]
  • Rudolf Welke, aged 18, originally from Hansk Siedliy, Poland, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Noordam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [3]
  • Wilhelm Welke, aged 9, originally from Hansk Siedliy, Poland, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Noordam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Welke (post 1700) +

  • Timothy James "Tim" Welke (b. 1957), former American professional baseball umpire
  • William Anthony "Bill" Welke (b. 1967), American Major League Baseball umpire, brother of fellow umpire Tim Welke
  • Oliver Welke (b. 1966), German television presenter and comedian


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6H9-DYX : 6 December 2014), Frank A. Welke, 05 Sep 1920; citing departure port Bremen via Brest, France, arrival port New York, ship name Lake Savus, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6F3-YZQ : 6 December 2014), Rudolf Welke, 09 Jun 1920; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Noordam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6F3-YZW : 6 December 2014), Wilhelm Welke, 09 Jun 1920; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Noordam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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