Wenk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Wenk family

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.

Early History of the Wenk family

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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.

Early Notables of the Wenk family (pre 1700)

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United States Wenk migration to the United States +

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]
Wenk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Martinus Wenk, aged 30, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1846 [1]

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

  • Hermann Wenk (1917-1941), German Funkobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]

  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. ^ 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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