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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Funke mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Funke

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  • A submission from Illinois, United States says the name Funke means "Spark in German" and is of German origin.
  • A submission from Idaho, United States says the name Funke means "Give to me to pet" and is of Nigerian origin.
  • A submission from District of Columbia, United States says the name Funke means "Gift of God to take care" and is of Unknown origin.
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From Old High German funcho, from Proto-Germanic *funkô. More at spunk.

  1. spark

Notable Persons Named Funke

Funke Akindele is an actor, film producer, and actress. Funke was given the name Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde on August 24th, 1977 in Ikorodu.


Funke was born on May 12th, 1993.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Funke

Cornelia Funke is an adventure and fantasy writer. Cornelia was born on December 10th, 1958 in Dorsten, Germany.


Rich was born on January 30th, 1949 in Batavia, New York.


Jens Funke is an alternative rock musician, songwriter, and record producer. He plays Bass guitar, Guitar, and Keyboard instrument. His ongoing career started in 2004. Jens was born Jens Funke on December 21st, 1976 in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.


Alex was born on October 12th, 1944.


Otto was born on October 27th, 1828 in Chemnitz. He breathed his last breath on August 17th, 1879.


His military service ended in 1915. Felix was born on January 3rd, 1865 in Jelenia Góra. He breathed his last breath on July 22nd, 1932.


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Popularity of Funke as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Funke U.S.
  White 95.67% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.65% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.30% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.72% 16.26%

Of Last Name Funke

People with the last name Funke are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Funke

  • How Popular is the name Funke? As a last name Funke was the 11,971st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Funke first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Funke is Tuesday, June 13th, 1978.
  • How unique is the name Funke? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Funke. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Funke: Your name in reverse order is Eknuf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Unkfe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Funke? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,609 people with the last name Funke.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Funke? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Funke as their last name since less than 1 person in 114k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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