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Multiple Origins for the Surname Welker


German


The Welker surname is derived from the Middle High German term "walker" denoting a person who cleaned and thickened cloth, a fuller. One of the chief industries in Germany during the centuries when surnames became hereditary was the weaving of coarse woolen cloth. After the raw cloth left the loom, it had to be cleansed, scoured, and thickened, and this was done by the walker.

Welker Early Origins



The surname Welker was first found in Germany where records of the name date back to the thirteenth century. In 1253 one Sigelo dictus Welkere was recorded in Weissenburg, and in 1209 Bruno Welkiner was a citizen of Cologne.

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Welker Spelling Variations


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Welker Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Walker, Welker, Walcher, Welcker and others.

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Welker Early History


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Welker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Welker research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1784, and 1868 are included under the topic Early Welker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Welker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Welker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Welker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Welker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Welker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Andereas Welker, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1749
  • Leonard Welker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Jacob Welker, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1768

Welker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Barnhardt Welker, who was naturalized in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Barnhardt Welker, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Conrod Welker, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1853
  • Phil Adolph Welker, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Marie Sophie Welker, who arrived in America in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Welker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Welker (post 1700)



  • Ralph Q. Welker (1911-1981), American politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1967-1972)
  • Andrew Welker (b. 1989), American soccer player for the Harrisburg City Islanders (2011-)
  • Duke Welker (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013
  • Kristen Welker (b. 1976), American television journalist for NBC News
  • Wesley Carter "Wes" Welker (b. 1981), American NFL football wide receiver
  • Franklin W. "Frank" Welker (b. 1946), American actor and voice-over artist, best known for his role as Fred Jones from the Scooby-Doo franchise
  • David Anthony Welker (b. 1964), American artist, known for his large-scale paintings, portraits, murals, and commercial illustration
  • Michael Welker (b. 1947), German Protestant theologist and professor of Systematic theology
  • Heinrich Welker (1912-1981), German theoretical and applied physicist; inventor of the transistron
  • Hans Welker (1907-1968), German footballer who played for the Germany National Team in 1931
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    4. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
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    The Welker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Welker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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