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The Wenk surname is thought to have originally been a nickname which became a surname. It derives from the Middle High German word "wenic," which means small or weak.

Wenk Early Origins



The surname Wenk was first found in Bavaria, where the name Wening was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. Bearers of the name were also found in Silesia, Saxony and Thuringia.

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Wenk Spelling Variations


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Wenk Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Wening, Weniger, Wenin, Wenig, Wenisch, Wenk, Weining, Wiening, Weuning, Wauning and many more.

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Wenk Early History


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Wenk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wenk research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1354, 1453, 1601, 1787, and 1792 are included under the topic Early Wenk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wenk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wenk Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wenk 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:

Wenk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Casper Wenk, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762

Wenk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martinus Wenk, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1846

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wenk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wenk (post 1700)



  • Karl Wenk (b. 1934), German sports shooter at the 1964 Summer Olympics and the 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Erich Wenk (1923-2012), German bass-baritone singer in opera
  • Stefan Wenk (b. 1981), German javelin thrower
  • Alexandra Wenk (b. 1995), German gold and two-time bronze medalist butterfly swimmer
  • János Wenk (1894-1962), Hungarian water polo player and backstroke swimmer at the 1912 Summer Olympics and the 1924 Summer Olympics

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    2. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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    The Wenk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wenk 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.

    This page was last modified on 18 March 2016 at 07:31.

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