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The German surname Hahn emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided among the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. Brandenburg-Prussia was essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.


The surname Hahn was first found in Mecklenburg, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The name can be traced back to the founder of the Mecklenburg line, Eckhard Hahn, who appears in chronicles as early as 1230; they possessed the estate of Basedow, since 1337 the family seat of the main family branch.

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Hahn include Hahn, Hahnn, Hahen, Hahenn, Haahn, Haahnn and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hahn research. Another 246 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1767, 1769, 1782, 1833, and 1857 are included under the topic Early Hahn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent bearers of the family name Hahn during this time period were Elise Hahn (1769-1833), who wrote several plays and poetry; she proposed to the poet G.A. Buerger (without having met him) through a poem published in a...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hahn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. 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 to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Hahn were

Hahn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Georg Hahn, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • M E Hahn, who arrived in Maryland in 1715
  • Georg Philipp Hahn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1723
  • Maria Elizabeth Hahn, who came to Philadelphia in 1738
  • Johanes Hahn came to Philadelphia in 1739
  • ...

Hahn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Hahn, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Hann Wilh Hahn, aged 15, landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Anna Elis Hahn, aged 28, arrived in Brazil in 1830
  • Elisabeth Hahn, who arrived in America in 1830
  • Geo Rud Hahn, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • ...

Hahn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Sabina Hahn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1751

Hahn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Wilhelm Hahn, who landed in Quebec in 1850

Hahn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Johann Hahn, aged 49, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876
  • Friedricke Hahn, aged 44, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876
  • Ida Hahn, aged 15, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876
  • Theodor Hahn, aged 13, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876
  • Richard Hahn, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876
  • ...

  • Thomas Marshall Hahn Jr. (1926-2016), American educator, 11th President of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1962-1974)
  • Archie Hahn (1880-1955), American winner of three gold Olympic medals for running at the 1904 games
  • Donald Antone Hahn (b. 1948), American former Major League baseball outfielder
  • Charles Archibald "Archie" Hahn (1880-1955), German-born, American three-time gold medalist in the 60, 100 and 200 meters at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • John Robert Hahn (b. 1933), American oral surgeon and army officer
  • Erwin L. Hahn (b. 1921), American physicist and co-winner of the 1983/84 Wolf Prize in Physics
  • Dr. Carl Wilhelm Hahn (1786-1835), German zoologist
  • Carl Horst Hahn (b. 1926), German chairman emeritus of the Volkswagen Group
  • Otto Hahn (1879-1968), German chemist who with Strassmann split the uranium atom in 1938, for which he received the Nobel prize in 1945
  • Frank Horace Hahn FBA (1925-2013), German-born, British economist
  • ...

  • People and Progenitors in My Pedigree by George Franklin Hahn.
  • Rimmonim Bells, Ten Generations of the Behrman, Drucker, Hahn, Stockler, and Sztynberg Families Plus Ten Related Lines by Richard Alperin.

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    The Hahn Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Hahn 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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