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The origin of the proud surname Conrad can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslovakia. German surnames developed at a time when most of Bohemia, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. The surname Conrad originates from the Old German emperor's name, Kunrad, meaning "kuehn im Rat" (bold in counsel).

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The surname Conrad was first found in Bohemia, where the family is considered to have made a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The family became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The name originates from the Old German emperor's name, Kunrad, meaning "kuehn im Rat" (bold in counsel).

Spelling variations of this family name include: Conrad, Konrad, Kunrad, Kunrads, Kunrath, Konrath, Conrath, Konradt, Conradt, Cunrad, Cunrads, Cunrath, Conradi, Conraad, Konraad, Konrads, Conrads, Conraed, Conrade, Konrade, Konraed, Konrat, Conrat, Conratty, Conratt, Conred, Konred, Coonrod (Dutch) and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conrad research. Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1696, 1711, 1800, 1815, 1821, and 1873 are included under the topic Early Conrad History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Conrad Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Conrad Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Matthew and Anna Conrad, who came to New York City in 1709
  • Anna Conrad, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Johann Heinrich Conrad, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Johannes Conrad, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Henrich Conrad, who landed in New York, NY in 1710


Conrad Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Henry Conrad, aged 27, landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Magdalena Conrad, aged 28, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Geo Michael, Conrad Jr., who landed in Maryland in 1809
  • John Conrad Silber came to Philadelphia in 1823
  • Margarethe Conrad, who landed in Brazil in 1827


Conrad Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Caspar Conrad, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Catharina Conrad, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • George Conrad, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Lorentz Conrad, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Margereta Conrad, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757


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  • Anthony Schmaltz "Tony" Conrad (1940-2016), American avant-garde video artist, experimental filmmaker, musician and composer
  • William T. Conrad, American politician, Village President of Evergreen Park, Illinois, 1935-42
  • William N. Conrad (b. 1889), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Senate 7th District, 1945-46, 1949-52; Defeated, 1946, 1952; Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 3rd District, 1954
  • W. H. Conrad, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1948
  • W. G. Conrad, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1904, 1912 (alternate)
  • Theodore C. Conrad, American Republican politician, Candidate for North Carolina State Auditor, 1968
  • Theodore Conrad, American politician, Representative from Texas 18th District, 1936
  • Roy Conrad (b. 1902), American Republican politician, Member of Indiana State Senate, 1940-44; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1944
  • Robert Young Conrad (1805-1875), American politician, Delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861
  • Robert Taylor Conrad (1810-1858), American politician, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1854-56. Author of poems and plays

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  • A Conrad Genealogy: Being a Direct-Line Compilation of 34 Surnames in America by John R. Conrad.
  • Our Coulter Clan and Allied Families (including the Conrad Family) by Steven Early Coulter.
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