Cahn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Schleswig-Holstein, which is the northernmost state in western Germany, is the homeland of the proud surname Cahn. Schleswig, which was included in the empire of the Franks as the "Danemark," was a northern border protectorate against the Danish Vikings. The duchy of Holstein was settled by the German Saxons during the 6th century. The Danemark, however, was granted to the Danes by Emperor Conrad II (990-1039), and the remainder of Schleswig-Holstein's history has revolved around the political question of Danish or German control of this region. Following the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, the two duchies were incorporated into Denmark. However, the Congress Of Vienna in 1815 granted the Holstein and Lauenburg to the German Confederation. In 1866, Schleswig-Holstein became a Prussian province and it became a part of the German Empire after the unification of 1871. After the First World War, a part of Northern Schleswig was restored to Denmark after the majority of the population had voted for reunion with Denmark.

Early Origins of the Cahn family

The surname Cahn was first found in Schleswig-Holstein, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the political conflicts of the area. The family branched into many houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions, where they played significant roles in the social and political affairs. "Kahn" or "Kan" is a north German word meaning "skiff" or "barge."

Early History of the Cahn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cahn research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1840, 1377, 1402, 1400, 1402, 1402, 1390, 1402 and 1412 are included under the topic Early Cahn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cahn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kahn, Kaehne, Kahne, Kan, Cahn, Caehne, Kaehn, Kehn, Kahns, Kahnes and many more.

Early Notables of the Cahn family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time included Gün Temür (1377-1402), Mongol Khan of the Northern Yuan Dynasty in Mongolia, He ruled from 1400 to 1402, he was defeated by Gulichi (1402), who killed him as a result; Dilawar (Dilawar Khan Ghori), governor of the Malwa province of central India during the decline of the Delhi Sultanate, after serving at the court in Delhi, appointed governor at Dhar (1390-91), took the title of 'Amid Shah Da'ud; Orug Temur Khan (Gulichi), Mongol leader who temporarily enthroned himself Khan of the Mongols in the early 15th century, appeared in Mongolian history, leader of the Oirats, particularly...
Another 118 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cahn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Cahn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cahn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bonhomose Cahn, who landed in Mississippi in 1843 [1]
  • Mr. Cahn, aged 28, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1850 [1]
  • A Cahn, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Abraham A Cahn, who landed in Arkansas in 1851 [1]
  • L Cahn, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cahn (post 1700) +

  • Miles Cahn (1922-2017), American businessman, co-founder with his wife, Lillian of Coach, Inc., a multinational luxury fashion company based in New York City in 1941
  • John Werner Cahn (1928-2016), German-born, American scientist and recipient of the 1998 National Medal of Science

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook
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