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Enke Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Enke Enck Encke
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Please contact the project leader Michelle Enke or post a comment lower down. If you have any questions, just ask. Welcome to the project and thanks for joining!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the Enke surname and the variants of that name such as Enck and Encke. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Task List

Locate and document members of the Enke family worldwide. The surname is German, and has spread across the world, but it is not a very common name.

Help out by adding content to WikiTree--there are currently only about 50 entries on Wikitree with the surname Enke. Post your family unit and include photographs, stories, and DNA results. The goal is to find a link between family units using traditional and/or DNA research.

Are there orphaned profiles that need improvement? Are there unsourced profiles with the surname? Are there unconnected profiles with the surname? Are there weak links that need more sources? There are many ways to help research.

To add the Enke Name Study catagory to a profile, insert {{One Name Study|name=Enke}} under the Biography heading.

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Surname Origin

The Enke surname is German in origin. In the Dictionary of American Family Names, Enke is noted as being a South German occupational surname from Middle High German enke which means servant or worker. [1]

Surname Meaning

A person practicing a profession often assumed the name of the trade he practiced.
Enck, Encke means accurate and perspicacious
Enck, Enk, Enke, Enker means hired hand, servant, or worker
Enker means farm hand
Common given names are Horst, Kurt and Uwe. [1] [2]


Notable Enkes

Celebrities or historical figures with the Enke surname

  • Edie Enke (1927-2008) -- American actress
  • Fred Enke (1897-1985) -- American football and basketball player and coach
  • Harmut Enke (1952-2005) -- German musician, bass guitarist in Ash Ra Tempel
  • Robert Enke (1977-2009) -- goalkeeper for German football team Hannover 96
  • Johann Franz Encke, astronomer and mathematician
  • Wilhelmine Enke (1753-1820) -- official mistress of King Frederick William II of Prussia from 1769 until 1797

WikiTree Profiles

Enke profiles have been sorted by their American immigrant ancestors to better track the family. The profiles can be found here:

Profiles on WikiTree

Enke Place Names

  • East Enke Drive near the University of Arizona where Fred Enke coached basketball for over 30 years.
  • Enke Street in Owensville, Gasconade County, Missouri
  • Enke Street in Mt. Hope, Grant County, Wisconsin
  • Enke Street in Osage County, Missouri
  • Robert-Enke-Strasse in Hannover, Germany, near the stadium where Robert Enke played soccer from 2004 until his death in 2009.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hanks, Patrick, "Dictionary of American Family Names," Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003; page 530.
  2. Jones, George F., "German American Names," 3rd edition, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2006; page 141-142.

See Also: Internet Surname Dababase: Enke

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