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Where did the German Koenig family come from? When did the Koenig family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Koenig family history?

The ancestral home of the Koenig family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Koenig is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a person who was thought to possess regal qualities. The surname Koenig was originally derived from the German word denoting the king, which was given to someone who was successful in sports or other skillful matches.


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 Koenig include de Koenig, Koenig, Konnig, Koenig, de Koennig, Konige, Konnige, Konigge and many more.

First found in Alsace, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koenig research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1701, 1823, and 1832 are included under the topic Early Koenig History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Koenig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Koenig, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Koenig Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Adam Koenig and Justis Koenig with his wife and two children, all of whom emigrated to America in 1709
  • Marcus Koenig, who landed in New York in 1709-1710
  • Johann Heinrich Koenig, who arrived in America in 1748
  • Michel Koenig, who arrived in America in 1748
  • Juditha Koenig, who landed in America in 1750

Koenig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Koenig, who landed in Maryland in 1820
  • Paul Koenig, who arrived in Brazil in 1827
  • Jacobine Koenig, aged 28, landed in America in 1835
  • Johannes Koenig, aged 4, landed in America in 1835
  • Martin Koenig, aged 44, landed in Missouri in 1840

Koenig Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ludwig Koenig, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Friedrich Koenig, Johann Koenig, and Arnold Koenig all came to Canada in 1783

Koenig Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Elisabetha Koenig, who arrived in Quebec in 1850


  • Brigadier-General Egmont Francis Koenig (1892-1972), American Commanding General of US Base Sections United Kingdom, Normandy & English Channel (1945)
  • Gerd Koenig (b. 1930), East Germany's Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1973-1980)
  • Barbara Koenig (b. 1925), German author who won several literary awards
  • Marshal of France Marie-Joseph-Pierre-Franois Koenig (1898-1970), French Minister of National Defence (1954)
  • Cardinal H E Koenig (b. 1905), Archbishop of Vienna before Pope John XXIII made him a cardinal in 1958
  • Rene Koenig (b. 1906), influential sociologist in Cologne, and winner of many awards
  • Marie Pierre Koenig (1898-1970), French general, who was a leader of the French Resistance in World War II and became Minister of Defence (1954-1955)


  • The Anton and Rosina Koenigh Beck Family by Lillie Wasserman.


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