I don't know if there is a specific significance to the spelling differences in the name, I just attributed it to people not knowing how to spell it correctly and those who had the name perhaps not being fluent enough in the English language to correct the spelling.
I have information on JAHNKE family and also spelled Janke and Johnke. The information I have starts with AUGUST JAHNKE b. 1857 in Germany, immigrated to US in 1874; purchased land in Nebraska 1890; died 14 Dec 1928 (don't know where yet). Some members of his family moved to Iowa and changed their last name to HAMBLY (my husband's line). Others moved to Saskatchewan Canada and seem to spell their name as JOHNKE. If you want more information on these Jahnke's let me know. I would be glad to share what I have.
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