The German surname Welker is of occupational origin, being derived from the Middle High German term Walker meaning “ a person who cleaned and thickened cloth” ( a fuller.) The name dates to the 13th Century in Germany with the first recorded references to the name including Bruno Welkiner who was recorded as a resident of Cologne in 1209 and Sieglo dictus Welkere recorded in Weissenburg in 1253. Early settlers in the New World include Andreas Welker who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 and Jacob Welker who emigrated to Philadelphia in 1768. A notable bearer of the name is the 19th Century US politician Martin Welker who was a congressman representing Ohio.
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