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The name Körff derives from the Low German word "korb," which meant "basket." As a surname, Körff was originally occupational, used for a maker or vendor of baskets.

Körff Early Origins



The surname Körff was first found in Westphalia, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Henricus Corf, a knight who was raised into the noble class of Westphalia in 1241.

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Körff Spelling Variations


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Körff Spelling Variations



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 Körff include Korff, Korf, Corff, Corf, Koerff, Koerf, Coerff, Coerf, Kerf, Kerff, Cerf, Cerff, Korfer, Korffer, Koerffer, Koerfer, Korver, Koever, Coever and many more.

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Körff Early History


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Körff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Körff research. Another 647 words (46 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1815, 1380, 1483, 1578, 1740, 1697, 1766, 1734 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Körff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Körff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Körff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Körff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlanti c. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Körff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henrich Korff, a Hessian soldier on record in North America in 1777

Körff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Korff, who landed in Philadelphia in 1804
  • Joseph Korff, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Carl and Marie Korff settled in Texas in 1853

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Contemporary Notables of the name Körff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Körff (post 1700)



  • Alice Graeme Korff (1904-1975), American art critic, trustee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Henry Korff, American Democrat politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives 15th District, 1915
  • Werner Korff (b. 1911), German bronze medalist ice hockey player at the 1932 Winter Olympics
  • André Korff (b. 1973), German professional road bicycle racer
  • Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff (1824-1882), Dutch genre painter
  • Arnold Korff (1870-1944), Austrian-born Hollywood actor and director who appeared in 72 films between 1917 and 1935

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    2. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    3. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    5. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    8. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Körff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Körff 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.

    This page was last modified on 24 November 2016 at 06:51.

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