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  • Adolph Jonker (bef.1718 - bef.1779)
    JONKER Adolph : Written by Martina Louw & Jaco Strauss . Posted in H - J of South Africa's Stamouers (June 2015) There has been much controversy for over 2 centuries regarding the origin of stamv...
  • Adriaan Jacobus Jonker, b7 (1753 - d.)
  • Catharina Maria Magdalena Strydom (1859 - 1936)
    Death notice/Sterfkennis
  • Catharina Jonker (c.1724 - d.)
    Jonker van Makassar's will his 2 daughters are named Jamela (fairly clear) but the handwriting of the other is not so clear - could be Raja, Raija, something like that.... Em Lo June 2015

About the Jonker surname

original info by Drievis Johan Jonker © 2014 - citations pending. see also ->

The Jonker surname was originally a noble 'designation' or generic 'noble title', not a full noble 'title' (like Duke, Earl etc) It was used for, or given to, members of the court who were to be knighted or titled at some point in the future, and generally for those of noble birth.

The meaning is literally: Young Gentleman.

It has origins in central and Western Europe but more specifically, the Netherlands and Prussia (Germany). It later became a 'Surname' used by, and given to, all the family of a "Jonkheer".

Variations are: Jonkers Jonckheere Jonghheer Joncker Juncker Junckher Junker Junkers Junkher Junckherre Junckheere Jonckheer Jonkheer Junkheer Junkers Junckers Junkhers... and more.

The Dutch and Germans would also give the (title) designation to any untitled nobleman from any country under their jurisdiction.

Therefore we can assume that if your surname is 'Jonker' then you have nobility in your bloodline somewhere, and most of the time they were from Europe.... with a few exception like 'Jonker from Macassar'. (Dutch Cape Colony circa 1709)