Younker Family Genealogy Forum
History of Yonkers, New York
In the late 1640's (about 20 years after Peter Minuit bought Manhattan Island) Adiren Van der Donck received his grant of the Colony of Nepperhaem (or Colon-Donck) from the Dutch West India Company, and built one of the first saw mills in the New World at the junction of the Hudson and Nepperhan Rivers. Van der Donck was referred to as Donk Herr ("young Gentleman" or "young Nobleman") by reason of his status in Holland, and these
words evolved through several changes to The Djonk Herr's land and The Younckers, The Yonkers and finally to the present Yonkers.