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The surname Hohenstein was first found in Hessen, where the name was closely identified in the early period of history with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout Europe. The name would later emerge as an influential noble family, having many distinguished branches, and well known for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hohenstein, Hohen, Hohenstraeten, Hohenstaur, Hohensteufen, Hohenthal and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hohenstein research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1717, 1733, 1790 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Hohenstein History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hohenstein Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Georg Hohenstein, on record as one of the Hessian Troops in the American War for Independence in 1775
  • George Hohenstein, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782

Hohenstein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Hohenstein, aged 35, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Freid Hohenstein, who arrived in Baltimore in 1831
  • Conrad Hohenstein, Dorothea Hohenstein, Ensilius Hohenstein and others who all applied to emigrate from Wuerttemberg to North America, in 1848-52
  • Adam Hohenstein, who came to New York, NY in 1852
  • David Jesaias Hohenstein, who landed in America in 1855


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  • Rory Hohenstein, American danseur performing with the Morphoses
  • Adolfo Hohenstein (1854-1928), German painter, advertiser, illustrator and set designer
  • Graf Augu St David of Sayn-Wittgenstein Hohenstein (1663-1735), Prussian politician
  • Ferdinand II von und zu Hohenstein (1681-1706), the last of the Silesian Piasts


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  1. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  2. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  6. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  7. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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