My maternal ancestors were called Henke.
I know the real meaning of this name (no hangmans or brewer...).
Henke has is origin in the form Hanneke/Henneke, which is a short form for Heinrich or Johann.
That means the first man who were wearing this surname had a father with one of these forenames.
Because these forenames were very popular in Germany, there are many families called Henke today.
Greetings from Germany,
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