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Duerksen (Dürksen, Derksen, Doerksen, Dirks, Derks, and Dirksen) was a common Mennonite family name originating in the Netherlands from the given name "Dirk." Common in Prussia, Russia, and North and South America, the name appeared in the church records of Danzig, Heubuden, Elbing, Orloff, Schönsee, and other places. A. A. Toews gives biographies of Martin J. Derksen (I, 144) and Johann J. Dürksen (II, 185). Jacob Doerksen was elder of the Mennonite Brethren (MB) church at Kotlyarevo, Memrik, Crimea, 1909-26. In 1958 there were 15 Mennonite ministers listed bearing some form of the name. The MB group had 8, all in Canada, two each in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario; the General Conference Mennonite (GCM) had 7, of whom one was in British Columbia, one in Paraguay, and 5 in the United States, only two of whom were active (Nebraska and South Dakota). Martin Durksen was pastor of the Buenos Aires (Argentina) congregation, and John P. Duerksen was professor at Hesston College.


Reimer, Gutav E. Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof, Germany, 1940: 106.

Töws, A. A. Mennonitische Martyrer, 2 vols. North Clearbrook, BC, 1949, 1954.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1959

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Krahn, Cornelius. "Duerksen family name." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 6 Oct 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Duerksen_family_name&oldid=120544.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1959). Duerksen family name. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 October 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Duerksen_family_name&oldid=120544.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1078. All rights reserved.

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