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

Similar to many Austrian family names, the distinguished surname Kuhn is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Austria were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The name Kuhn is derived from the Old German name Conrad, which is composed of the elements "kuoni," meaning "daring" or "brave," and "rad," meaning "counsel."

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Kuhn include Kuhn, Kuehn, Kuehne, Kuehnel, Cuhn, Cuehn, Cuehne and many more.

First found in Austria, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kuhn research. Another 377 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1645, 1687, 1700, 1726, 1748, 1770, 1775, 1806, 1849, and 1857 are included under the topic Early Kuhn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kuhn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Kuhn were

Kuhn Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Conrad Kuhn, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Mattheus Kuhn, who landed in New York in 1709-1710
  • Valentine Kuhn, who landed in New York, NY in 1710-1714
  • Abraham Kuhn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Casper Kuhn, who arrived in Carolina in 1739


Kuhn Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Gabriel Kuhn, who landed in Maryland in 1806
  • Xavier Kuhn, aged 32, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Christine Kuhn, aged 35, arrived in America in 1843
  • Anton Kuhn, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • Carl Kuhn, who landed in Texas in 1846


Kuhn Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Maria Kuhn, aged 13, arrived in New York, NY in 1902
  • Gottfried Kuhn, aged 1, landed in New York, NY in 1902
  • Emmanuel Kuhn, aged 4, landed in New York, NY in 1902

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  • Judy Kuhn (b. 1958), American three-time Tony Award winning and Obie Award winning singer and actress
  • Thomas Kuhn (b. 1922), renowned American professor of Philosophy with an interest in the field of science
  • Bowie Kuhn (1927-2007), American former Major League Baseball commissioner
  • Harold W. Kuhn (b. 1925), American mathematician, 1980 John von Neumann Theory Prize winner, developed Kuhn poker
  • Alvin Boyd Kuhn (1880-1963), American scholar of mythology and linguistics from Franklin County, Pennsylvania
  • Bradley M. Kuhn (b. 1973), American free software activist, current Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy
  • John Allen Kuhn (b. 1982), American NFL football fullback for the Green Bay Packers
  • Steve Kuhn (b. 1938), American jazz pianist and composer
  • Richard Kuhn (1900-1967), Austrian-German biochemist, winner of the 1938 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Anke Kühn (b. 1981), German gold medalist female field hockey player at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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The Kuhn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kuhn 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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