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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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Wenk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martinus Wenk, aged 30, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1846 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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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
  • JŠnos 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



  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)

Other References

  1. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  3. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwšbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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