Körner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Körner family

The surname Körner was first found in Saxony, where the name Koerner became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Körner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Körner research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1880 is included under the topic Early Körner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Körner Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Körner include Korner, Koerner, Corner, Coerner, Koerher and others.

Early Notables of the Körner family (pre 1700)

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United States Körner 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 Körner or a variant listed above:

Körner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicolaus Korner, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Jacob Korner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Joh Anthonius Korner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Johann Adam Korner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Johan Michel Korner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Körner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L Korner, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Heinrich Korner, aged 31, who arrived in America in 1839 [1]
  • Anna Elise Korner, who landed in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Theodor Korner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Valentine Korner, who landed in Texas in 1851 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Körner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William M Korner, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1904 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Körner (post 1700) +

  • Matt Korner, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of San Bernardino, California, 2013
  • Diana Körner (b. 1944), German actress
  • Alfred Körner (1926-2020), Austrian footballer
  • Professor Stephan Körner (1913-2000), British philosopher
  • Thomas William Körner (b. 1946), British pure mathematician
  • Theodor Körner (1873-1957), President of Austria between 1951 and 1957
  • Alexis Korner (1928-1984), English blues musician

Bismarck
  • Theodor Körner (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]
  • Franz Korner (1920-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]
  • Richard Körner (1923-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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