Last name origins & meanings:
- Americanized spelling of Dutch Quackenbosch, a topographic
name from Dutch quaak ‘swamp’ (cognate with the English word
quagmire) + bosch ‘woodland’, ‘wilderness’.
- Quackenbosch was the name of a prominent Dutch family in Beverwijck
in New Netherland (Albany, NY) in the 17th century. The family was
associated with the early brick-making industry in Fort
Orange-Beverwijck. A house built by them in the early 1700s still
stands; it is the oldest surviving house in Albany.
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