Costner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Costner family

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.

Early History of the Costner family

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Costner Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Costner family (pre 1700)

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...
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Costner Ranking

In the United States, the name Costner is the 12,455th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Costner migration to the United States +

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:

Costner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wilhem Costner, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Spree" from Bremen, Germany [2]
Costner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Costner, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Esperanza" from Havana, Cuba [3]
  • Catherine Costner, aged 48, originally from Philad., Pa., who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Liverpool, England [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Costner (post 1700) +

  • Kevin Michael Costner (b. 1955), American two-time Academy Award winning, three-time Golden Globe Award winning and Emmy Award winning actor, musician, producer, and director, known for his roles in The Untouchables, Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, The Bodyguard and many more
  • George "Sugar" Costner (1923-2002), American professional boxer, a major welterweight contender from 1944 to 1950
  • Robert Costner (b. 1953), American professional football player
  • Brandon Costner (b. 1987), American former collegiate basketball power forward
  • Hiram A. Costner, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Greenville, South Carolina, 1926-31 [5]
  • Ambrose Costner, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Lincoln County, 1858-59, 1864-65 [5]
  • Albert M. Costner, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Wayne County, 1929-30 [5]
  • A. Costner, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 37th District, 1883-84 [5] on Facebook