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Where did the German Cosner family come from? What is the German Cosner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cosner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cosner family history?

The ancestral home of the Cosner family was in the German state of Bavaria. Cosner is a local name for a person who lived in Franconia where their name rose to prominence through their involvement in the social and cultural affairs of the area.


In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Cosner include Kaestner, Kastner, Kestner, Kastener, Kaestener, Kestener, Cestner, Kesstner, Kaesstner, Kasstner, Castner, Caestner, Koestner, Kostner, Coestner and many more.

First found in Franconia, where the name was an integral part of the feudal society which would shape modern European history. Many prominent branches of the family would strive to make this name renowned as they contributed to the social, economic and political affairs of the region.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cosner research. Another 389 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1468, 1565, 1635, 1810, 1769, 1741, 1800 and 1773 are included under the topic Early Cosner History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 167 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cosner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cosner or a variant listed above:

Cosner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philipp Cosner, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1763


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The Cosner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cosner 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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