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

The origin of the proud surname Conrad can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslovakia. German surnames developed at a time when most of Bohemia, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. The surname Conrad originates from the Old German emperor's name, Kunrad, meaning "kuehn im Rat" (bold in counsel).

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Conrad, Konrad, Kunrad, Kunrads, Kunrath, Konrath, Conrath, Konradt, Conradt, Cunrad, Cunrads, Cunrath, Conradi, Conraad, Konraad, Konrads, Conrads, Conraed, Conrade, Konrade, Konraed, Konrat, Conrat, Conratty, Conratt, Conred, Konred, Coonrod (Dutch) and many more.

First found in Bohemia, where the family is considered to have made a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The family became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The name originates from the Old German emperor's name, Kunrad, meaning "kuehn im Rat" (bold in counsel).


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conrad research. Another 303 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1696, 1711, 1800, 1815, 1821, and 1873 are included under the topic Early Conrad History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Conrad Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Conrad Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Matthew and Anna Conrad, who came to New York City in 1709
  • Anna Conrad, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Johann Heinrich Conrad, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Johannes Conrad, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Henrich Conrad, who landed in New York, NY in 1710


Conrad Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Henry Conrad, aged 27, landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Magdalena Conrad, aged 28, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Geo Michael, Conrad Jr., who landed in Maryland in 1809
  • John Conrad Silber came to Philadelphia in 1823
  • Margarethe Conrad, who landed in Brazil in 1827


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  • Brian Conrad (b. 1970), American mathematician and number theorist
  • Con Conrad (1891-1938), American songwriter and producer
  • Kent Conrad (b. 1948), senior United States Senator from North Dakota
  • Steven Conrad (b. 1968), American screenwriter, film producer and director
  • Victor Conrad (1876-1962), American physicist, seismologist and meteorologist
  • Tony Conrad (b. 1940), American artist and film-maker
  • William Conrad (1920-1994), American actor and director
  • Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. (1930-1999), American spacecraft commander of the Apollo XII mission in 1969 and the third person to walk on the Moon
  • Maximilien "Max" Conrad (1903-1979), American record-setting aviator in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Brigadier-General George Bryan Conrad (1898-1976), American President of Officer Interview Board (1946)

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  • A Conrad Genealogy: Being a Direct-Line Compilation of 34 Surnames in America by John R. Conrad.
  • Our Coulter Clan and Allied Families (including the Conrad Family) by Steven Early Coulter.
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The Conrad Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Conrad 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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