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Dirksen, a Mennonite family name of Frisian origin, appeared in all Mennonite West Prussian congregations. It was first mentioned in 1568 at Danzig and in 1605 at Gross-Lubin. Most of the families in the Vistula Valley and their descendants adopted the form Dirks. In 1776, 42 families of this name were counted in West Prussia (without Danzig), and in 1935 (without Elbing) 62 persons. Some members of the family immigrated to Russia and North America. The name has come to be widely represented among North and South American Mennonites.

Some of the well-known representatives of this name were Alle Derks, Heinrich Dirks, and David G. Dürksen.

Bibliography

Conrad, G. Geschichte der Familie Dirksen und der Adelsfamilie von Dirksen. Görlitz, 1905.


Author(s) Gustav Reimer
Date Published 1956


Cite This Article

MLA style

Reimer, Gustav. "Dirksen (Dircksen, Dirks, Duerksen, Derksen, Doerksen, Dercksen, Dyrksen, Dirssen, Dirck, Dircks, Derks) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 11 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dirksen_(Dircksen,_Dirks,_Duerksen,_Derksen,_Doerksen,_Dercksen,_Dyrksen,_Dirssen,_Dirck,_Dircks,_Derks)_family&oldid=87073.

APA style

Reimer, Gustav. (1956). Dirksen (Dircksen, Dirks, Duerksen, Derksen, Doerksen, Dercksen, Dyrksen, Dirssen, Dirck, Dircks, Derks) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 11 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dirksen_(Dircksen,_Dirks,_Duerksen,_Derksen,_Doerksen,_Dercksen,_Dyrksen,_Dirssen,_Dirck,_Dircks,_Derks)_family&oldid=87073.




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