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Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Koch family. The Koch surname is derived from the Latin word "coquus," which denotes the "art of cookery." Koch was originally an occupational name, for a cook.

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The surname Koch was first found in Bavaria, where the family made a considerable contribution to the feudal society which shaped modern Europe.

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 Koch include Koch, Koche, Kochen, Koech, Koeche, Koechen, Coch, Coche, Cochen, Coech, Coeche, Coechen, Koechle, Koechly, Koechli, Kock, Kochs, Kocks and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koch research. Another 366 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1552, 1637, 1688, 1694, 1738, 1747, 1748, 1769, 1815, and 1852 are included under the topic Early Koch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent among members of the name Koch in this period include Conrad Reinhold von Koch, an advisor on justice at the royal Schleswig-Holstein court, who was knighted in 1769. He was born in 1738 as the son of a chamberlain of the court at Darmstadt and was the brother of the...

Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Koch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Koch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Maria Koch, who came to New York City in 1709
  • Johann Koch arrived in America in 1709
  • Georg Ludwig Koch came to New York City in 1710
  • Jacob Koch, who arrived in North Carolina in 1722
  • Caspar Koch settled in Carolina in 1738
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Koch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Franz Lambert Koch, who arrived in America in 1814-1820
  • Philipp Koch, who arrived in America in 1825
  • Wendel Koch, who landed in America in 1825
  • Jorge Koch, who landed in America in 1826
  • Heinrich Koch, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1832
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Koch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Maria Eva Koch, aged 3, arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902
  • Josephine Koch, who landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902
  • Paulina Koch, aged 5, arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902
  • Robert Koch, aged 40, arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902
  • Mathilda Koch, aged 9, landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902
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  • Christof Koch (b. 1956), American neuroscientist
  • William Koch (b. 1974), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Edward Irving "Ed" Koch (1924-2003), American lawyer, politician, and political commentator
  • Kenneth Koch (1925-2002), American poet, novelist, and playwright
  • Howard Koch (1902-1995), American screen writer, he shared an Oscar for his writing on the movie "Casablanca"
  • Billy Koch, American baseball player
  • Ludwig Carl Christian Koch (1825-1908), German entomologist and arachnologist
  • Wilhelm Daniel Joseph Koch (1771-1849), German physician and botanist
  • Karl Heinrich Emil Koch (1809-1879), German botanist
  • Carl Ludwig Koch (1778-1857), German entomologist and arachnologist
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Koch Historic Events



Flight 191

  • Ms J Koch, American passenger from Chicago, Illinois, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
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    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    2. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    8. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    9. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
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    The Koch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Koch 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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