Kühne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Similar to many Austrian family names, the distinguished surname Kühne is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Austria were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The name Kühne is derived from the Old German name Conrad, which is composed of the elements "kuoni," meaning "daring" or "brave," and "rad," meaning "counsel."

Early Origins of the Kühne family

The surname Kühne was first found in Austria, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Kühne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kühne research. Another 240 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1645, 1687, 1700, 1726, 1748, 1770, 1775, 1806, 1849, and 1857 are included under the topic Early Kühne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kühne 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 Kühne include Kuhn, Kuehn, Kuehne, Kuehnel, Cuhn, Cuehn, Cuehne and many more.

Early Notables of the Kühne family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Kühne were August Kuehnel (1645-c.1700), who was a distinguished German composer and mastered the viola da gamba. Gottlieb Jakob Kuhn...
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kühne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Kühne migration to the United States +

Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kühne or a variant listed above:

Kühne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Georg Kuhne, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Henrich Kuhne, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
Kühne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Karoline Kuhne, who landed in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Heinr Alexander Kuhne, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1847 [1]
  • Carl Gottlieb Kuhne, who landed in America in 1849 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kühne (post 1700) +

  • Eric Robert Kuhne (1951-2016), American-born British architect; he designed the largest shopping center in Europe and the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction in Northern Ireland
  • Eugene R. Kuhne, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 9th District, 1954 [2]
  • Tim Stefan Kühne (b. 1980), German football midfielder
  • Matthias Kühne (b. 1987), German footballer
  • August Kühne, German co-founder of Kühne + Nagel International AG, the international transport company in 1890
  • Martin Kühne (1918-2003), German Major in the Fallschirmjäger during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Friedrich Kühne (1870-1959), born Franz Michna, a German silent and talkie film actor who appeared in 104 films between 1913 and 1957
  • Rita Kuhne (b. 1947), East German gold medalist athlete at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Wilhelm Friedrich Kühne (1837-1900), German physiologist, best known today for coining the word enzyme
  • Klaus-Michael Kühne (b. 1937), German executive chairman and majority owner of Kühne + Nagel
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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