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The ancestral home of the Costner family is Bavaria. Costner 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.


The surname Costner was 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.

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Costner include Kaestner, Kastner, Kestner, Kastener, Kaestener, Kestener, Cestner, Kesstner, Kaesstner, Kasstner, Castner, Caestner, Koestner, Kostner, Coestner and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Costner 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 Costner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the name Costner in this period include Franz de Paula Andreas Joseph Bonaventura Castner von Collenbach (b.1769), Lord of the estate Collenbach near Staubing in Bavaria, who distinguished himself as a lawyer and major of the Bavarian regiment of Viechtach. Johann Georg Christian Kestner...

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Costner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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 Costner or a variant listed above: Paul Kastner, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania between 1683 and 1709; Conrad, Georg, and Peter Castner, who all arrived in New York City in 1709.


  • Robert Costner (b. 1953), American professional football player
  • Brandon Costner (b. 1987), American former collegiate basketball power forward
  • George "Sugar" Costner (1923-2002), American professional boxer
  • Kevin Michael Costner (b. 1955), American actor, musician, producer, and director who has won two Oscars and a Golden Globe Award
  • Hiram A. Costner, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Greenville, South Carolina, 1926-31
  • Ambrose Costner, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Lincoln County, 1858-59, 1864-65
  • Albert M. Costner, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Wayne County, 1929-30
  • A. Costner, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 37th District, 1883-84

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    Other References

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    The Costner Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Costner 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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