Konig History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The distinguished surname Konig is a proud symbol of a Jewish culture, which is found in many places world-wide. In the Middle Ages, it became necessary to adopt surnames, since people were moving closer together, and it was becoming difficult to distinguish between people with the same names. The surname Konig is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. The surname Konig comes from a translation of the Yiddish personal names Meylekh and Elemeylekh, which mean king, and God is my king. In most cases, this surname was taken ornamentally, which means that it has an ornamental value and is not necessarily related to the localities, occupations, nicknames or given names of the first person who used the name. However, ornamental names were often derived from elements that described locations or features of geography, animals and birds, occupations or personal names.

Konig migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Konig Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Baldwin Konig, a baker, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Konig (post 1700)

  • George Konig (1865-1913), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Maryland 3rd District, 1911-13 [2]
  • Charles Dietrich Eberhard Konig (1774-1851), German mineralogist

Historic Events for the Konig family

  • Reinhold König (1922-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Heinrich König (1916-1994), German Obermaschinenmaat serving aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he survived the sinking [3]

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) VICTORIA 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Victoria.htm
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
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