Usage German (East Prussian)
Other Forms FormsWilkenshoff, Wilkens, Wilkenhoff, Wielkens, Weilkenshoff, Welkenshoff
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Meaning & History
Nickname from Middle High German welc, meaning "soft and mild". The name was first recorded in South Holland, however many of the bearers of the name trace its roots back to East Germany. A famous bearer of this name was Lawrence Welk, an American musician and host of the Lawrence Welk Show.