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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kopke, Kepke, Koepke, Koepcke, Koepp, Kopka and others.

First found in Saxony, where the name Kopke became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koepke research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1798 and 1802 are included under the topic Early Koepke History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Koepke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Frederich Koepke settled in Galveston Texas with his wife and two children

Koepke Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Gottfried Koepke, aged 37, arrived in America in 1843
  • Johann Gottlieb Koepke, aged 31, arrived in America in 1845
  • Wilhelm Friedrich Koepke, aged 41, landed in America in 1845
  • Wilhelm Frederich Koepke settled in America with his wife Maria, four daughters and his mother in 1845
  • Johann Friederich Koepke settled in America with his wife Frida, and four children in 1846


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  2. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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  9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Koepke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Koepke 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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