Genealogy Van Roekel Family - Introduction

Why this Website

In the course of time I (Gijsbert van Roekel) have collected genealogical data about members of the Van Roekel family. The reason was mainly curiosity with respect to my anscestors, who they were, how they lived and where they lived. Part of this collection is published on this website to help other genealogists and also, to receive additional information and corrections!
Finding persons can be done via the alphabetical list of names.
NB 1: This genealogy is not ready and possibly never will be. Most of the information offered is checked with primary sources where possible, but before 1700 and after 1900 this is often difficult or even impossible. So much information is unsure and incomplete and checking by yourself is mandatory! Remind that it is a project still under construction.
NB 2: Copying of data is allowed with proper acknowledgement.


In the last years I received lots of messages about this genealogy, mostly from Holland and the U.S.A, but also from other countries. Thus I collected countless corrections and additions that were all incorporated in this genealogy, of course always with proper reference to the sources. In most cases it was about simple genealogical data like names and dates, but I also received many beautiful old family pictures and stories.
Our hall of fame: To all contributors: "Thank you very much indeed!"
Please continue to send me more corrections and additions, old family pictures and stories.

The Name 'Van Roekel'

The name originates from a small hamlet in the municipality of Ede (on the south west side of the Veluwe which is part of Gelderland, one of the provinces of the Netherlands). In november 2006 Karen, Gwen and Gijs van Roekel visited Roekel, on the picture Karen and Gijs standing in Roekel.
Long ago someone came from Roekel and was named 'van Roekel' (van=from). The name of the hamlet Roekel is derived from 'roek', a black kind of crow, and 'lo' meaning forest, so a forest in which lives a swarm of black birds. In Holland more of these rook forests exist.
The oldest mention is the one of Johan van Rokel who lives in Rokel in 1328. From 1353 to 1446 there are a few mentions of van Roekel's in Arnhem (a town at the southern border of the Veluwe). Also in Wageningen from 1714 on van Roekel's occur.
Most of the now living van Roekel's are, as far as we know at the moment, descendants of Willem Dercksen (van Roekel) of Bennekom. And there are lots of them!
Not long ago, october 2006, I got a message pointing to the fact that in a certain branch of the family a story about the origin of the van Roekel family has been handed over from father to son for a long time. According to this story the van Roekel family descends from Jan de Bakker, the first martyr of Holland.

Coat of Arms

In the book "De Familie van Roekel" [GR] two coats of arms are described and pictured. The first coat of arms comes from the collection Posthumus. Nothing is known about the origin and the originator of this coat of arms and it is not officially registered. Also nothing is known about meaning of this coat of arms. Based on the description John Herbert Van Roekel commisioned a professional graphic artist to create the beautiful picture of this coat of arms shown here.

Family Pages

This genealogy is composed of family pages with husband, wife, marriage(s), children and further comments. A click on father or mother normally brings you one generation backward, to the page where they are a child themselves. A click on a child brings you one generation forward, to the page where it acts as a parent. In this way you can navigate from family page to family page.
On each page you will always find links to this introduction, the list of names and the list of sources. On some pages you will also find links to pages containing larger topics.


The most important overviews in this genealogy are: In the early generations almost everything is based upon the old baptism-, member-, marriage- and burial books that were kept by the church. These books were kept until about 1810. All later information comes mainly from the internet and other sources. ATTENTION: This means that many dates after 1900 are estimated and families are often incomplete. The van Roekel's of Bennekom and Wageningen are possibly related and might have a common forefather who cam from Arnhem. For the time being this is speculation. The same holds for Jan Jansen van Roekel and Willem Dercksen.

Finding Persons

You can find persons in the alphabetical list of names. This list of names is ordered on last name, first name and birth-year. A click on the birth year brings you to the family page where the name occurs.
You might also use one of the overviews mentioned above.
Considerable amounts of data can be found about families that are related to the van Roekel family. The oldest known members of some of these families are:


A number of family members emigrated to the USA. The book 'A History of Sioux Center' [HSC] contains 'family histories' of some of these emigrants and their descendants. These family histories are added (with permission) to the concerning family pages.
See: Family Histories


On the family pages you will find citations from sources of information upon which this genealogy is based. You will find the source in the list of sources. Many people send corrections and additions via email. These individual sources are acknowledged on the family pages. The numbers of official acts found with the help of WieWasWie are added to the text on the family pages between brackets.

Short Dictionary

The family pages are in the Dutch language, some of the remarks and sources are (partly) translated in English. Look out, Dutch dates have the general format dd-mm-yyyy, the day comes first! The following list of terms might help:

Copyright, Privacy and Disclaimer

NB 1: You may copy information from this genealogy with reference to its source, for private non-commercial usage only.
NB 2: This genalogy may contain data about living persons, in most cases with persmission. Upon any objection against the publishing of some or all data about yourself, these data will be removed immediately.
NB 3: This genealogy has been set up with care and as much acknowledgements as possible, the author can not, in any possible case, be held responsible for the consequences of its usage by others.
If you are having any questions, please send an email
© Gijs van Roekel, Maarn 2005