Yunker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Yunker lie in the former duchy of Swabia. The name is derived from the Middle High German term "junc herre," which literally means "young gentleman;" however, the term was commonly applied to a man of gentle birth who was not yet ranked with the nobility, such as a young man who had not yet been knighted, or the son of a noble lady who had married a man of a lower class.

Early Origins of the Yunker family

The surname Yunker was first found in Swabia, where it is thought to have first emerged. The first known bearers of the name were Berhtoldus and Burchardus dicti Junkerer, who were burghers in Uberlingen in 1295. The young Yunker family became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation, and played a major role in the development of medieval Swabian society.

Early History of the Yunker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yunker research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1311, 1373, 1668, 1714, 1727, 1789, and 1859 are included under the topic Early Yunker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yunker Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Juncker, Junker, Yunker, Junkers, Yunkers, Junkher, Junkherer and many more.

Early Notables of the Yunker family (pre 1700)

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Yunker Ranking

In the United States, the name Yunker is the 12,111st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Yunker migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yunker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catharina Yunker, aged 15, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [2]
  • Catherina Yunker, aged 35, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [2]
  • Johann Georg Yunker, aged 7, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [2]
  • Johann Peter Yunker, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [2]
  • Johannes Yunker, aged 9, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Yunker (post 1700) +

  • Cyrus Yunker, American greenhouse specialist at Cisco Systems, Inc
  • Peter J. Yunker, American Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech
  • Peter Yunker, American actor, known for Stay Tuned (1992), Human Target (2010) and MacGyver (1985)
  • John E. Yunker (1896-1968), American public servant and politician, two-term North Dakota Senator (1955-1962)
  • George C. Yunker, American founder of the Yunker Aircraft Company, an American aircraft manufacturer in the late 1920s
  • Conrad E. Yunker, American biologist and an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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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