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FROMKE: Lower Germany in old documents Vrome, Vromeke "a competent or valiant person" and honorable trustworthy man. The root of this name is FROMM, Fromme: Middle High German nickname Frommel, Lower German nicknames Frommke, Fröhmke. Lower German patrynomic Frömming. Expanded in Middle High german to vrumman: Frommann "honorable man, steadfast man."

The ending "-ke" is typical of many surnames in German regions east of the river Elbe. Some say it has no meaning; others say, it's origin might come from changing the Slavic ending "-kow" (pronounced "koh") to a more German sounding ending "-ke".

From the December 1994 issue of "Pommerscher Verein Freistadt Rundschreiben," a newsletter published by the Pommerscher Verein Freistadt, P.O. Box 204, Germantown, WI 53022.

"Recent surveys have shown that the -ke German name endings, like in Radtke, far outnumber other German name endings like -ow and -itz. This is not surprising since the -ke name ending is an ancient name ending used by the Saxons from North Germany, around the Hamburg and Bremen area. As these Plattdeutsch speaking Germans moved east through Mecklenburg, Pomerania, and East Prussia, they took their names with them. Since the Baltic Sea area of Pomerania was heavily settled by Saxons, the -ke ending was common in that area. As the Pomeranians later settled in Wisconsin and other states, these states also have many German names ending in -ke."

FROMKE, Albert August
FROMKE, Audrey
FROMKE, Herman
FROMKE, Oscar Julius Frederick

Albert August FROMKE
BORN
28 February 1857
Borntuchen, Pomerania, Germany (Now Borzytuchom, Poland)
DIED
December 1932
South Dakota
BURIED
South Dakota
PARENTS
Carl FROMKE and Caroline RABE
MARRIED
27 October 1880
Bytow, Pomerania, Germany (Now Poland)
Augusta Wilma LENTZ
BORN
30 January 1859
Gröbenzin, Pomerania, Germany (Now Rabacino, Poland)
DIED South Dakota
BURIED South Dakota
PARENTS
Ludwig LENTZ and Marie SCHENOVSKY
CHILDREN
Anna FROMKE
Augusta Emelia Marie FROMKE
Emil FROMKE
Hattie FROMKE
Herman FROMKE
Hertha FROMKE
Ida FROMKE
Oscar Julius Frederick FROMKE
Otillie FROMKE

Albert and Augusta FROMKE and family arrived in the United States on April 12, 1887. Traveling across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremen, Germany on the steamship Weser, owned and operated by the North German Lloyd Company, the family's destination, according to family tradition, was New York City, United States. The ship continued to Baltimore, Maryland. Eventually the family settled in South Dakota, United States.

Anna FROMKE
BORN
?
DIED
In infancy
BURIED
PARENTS
Albert August FROMKE and Augusta Wilma LENTZ

Augusta Emelia Marie FROMKE
BORN
21 September 1888
DIED
?
BURIED
PARENTS
Albert August FROMKE and Augusta Wilma LENTZ MARRIED
3 February 1909 or 1910
August Ferdinand BUNDE

Carl FROMKE
BORN
DIED
BURIED
PARENTS
MARRIED
Caroline RABE
BORN
DIED
BURIED
PARENTS

CHILDREN
August FROMKE
Augusta FROMKE
Albert August FROMKE
Emil FROMKE
Pauline FROMKE
Otillie FROMKE

Emil FROMKE
BORN
?
DIED
In infancy
BURIED
PARENTS
Albert August FROMKE and Augusta Wilma LENTZ

Hattie FROMKE
BORN
7 September 1896
DIED
8 July 1962
BURIED
PARENTS
Albert August FROMKE and Augusta Wilma LENTZ
MARRIED
29 March 1917
M. Rudolph NOELDNER

Herman FROMKE
BORN
24 December 1890
DIED
15 May 1961
BURIED
PARENTS
Albert August FROMKE and Augusta Wilma LENTZ
NEVER MARRIED

Hertha FROMKE
BORN
?
DIED
In infancy
BURIED
PARENTS
Albert August FROMKE and Augusta Wilma LENTZ

Ida FROMKE
BORN
28 December 1892
DIED
?
BURIED
PARENTS
Albert August FROMKE and Augusta Wilma LENTZ MARRIED
26 June 1913
Otto A. BUNDE

Oscar Julius Frederick FROMKE
BORN
8 August 1900
Mazeppa Township, Codington County, South Dakota
DIED
South Dakota
BURIED
28 April 1976
Watertown, Codington County, South Dakota
PARENTS
Albert August FROMKE and Augusta Wilma LENTZ
MARRIED
15 July 1939
Dakota City, Dakota County, Nebraska
Bernice Frances GOODELL
BORN
3 November 1912
Bradley, Clark County, South Dakota
DIED
February 1986
Watertown, Codington County, South Dakota
BURIED
South Dakota
PARENTS
Bert William GOODELL and Nora Frances GEORGE
CHILDREN
Audrey FROMKE
Burton FROMKE

Otillie FROMKE
BORN
?
DIED
April 1887
BURIED
At sea
PARENTS
Albert August FROMKE and Augusta Wilma LENTZ


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