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Origins Available: German, Jewish

Where did the German Koenig family come from? What is the German Koenig family crest and coat of arms? When did the Koenig family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Koenig family history?

The ancestral home of the Koenig family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Koenig is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a person who was thought to possess regal qualities. The surname Koenig was originally derived from the German word denoting the king, which was given to someone who was successful in sports or other skillful matches.

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Koenig include de Koenig, Koenig, Konnig, Koenig, de Koennig, Konige, Konnige, Konigge and many more.

First found in Alsace, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koenig research. Another 196 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1701, 1823, and 1832 are included under the topic Early Koenig History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 24 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Koenig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Koenig, or one of its variants above:

Koenig Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Adam Koenig and Justis Koenig with his wife and two children, all of whom emigrated to America in 1709
  • Marcus Koenig, who landed in New York in 1709-1710
  • Johann Heinrich Koenig, who arrived in America in 1748
  • Michel Koenig, who arrived in America in 1748
  • Juditha Koenig, who landed in America in 1750


Koenig Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Koenig, who landed in Maryland in 1820
  • Paul Koenig, who arrived in Brazil in 1827
  • Jacobine Koenig, aged 28, landed in America in 1835
  • Johannes Koenig, aged 4, landed in America in 1835
  • Martin Koenig, aged 44, landed in Missouri in 1840


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  • Brigadier-General Egmont Francis Koenig (1892-1972), American Commanding General of US Base Sections United Kingdom, Normandy & English Channel (1945)
  • Barbara Koenig (b. 1925), German author who won several literary awards
  • Gerd Koenig (b. 1930), East Germany's Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1973-1980)
  • Marie Pierre Koenig (1898-1970), French general, who was a leader of the French Resistance in World War II and became Minister of Defence (1954-1955)
  • Rene Koenig (b. 1906), influential sociologist in Cologne, and winner of many awards
  • Cardinal H E Koenig (b. 1905), Archbishop of Vienna before Pope John XXIII made him a cardinal in 1958
  • Marshal of France Marie-Joseph-Pierre-Franois Koenig (1898-1970), French Minister of National Defence (1954)


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  • The Anton and Rosina Koenigh Beck Family by Lillie Wasserman.
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The Koenig Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Koenig Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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