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Schleswig-Holstein, which is the northernmost state in western Germany, is the homeland of the proud surname Kahn. Schleswig, which was included in the empire of the Franks as the "Danemark," was a northern border protectorate against the Danish Vikings. The duchy of Holstein was settled by the German Saxons during the 6th century. The Danemark, however, was granted to the Danes by Emperor Conrad II (990-1039), and the remainder of Schleswig-Holstein's history has revolved around the political question of Danish or German control of this region. Following the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, the two duchies were incorporated into Denmark. However, the Congress Of Vienna in 1815 granted the Holstein and Lauenburg to the German Confederation. In 1866, Schleswig-Holstein became a Prussian province and it became a part of the German Empire after the unification of 1871. After the First World War, a part of Northern Schleswig was restored to Denmark after the majority of the population had voted for reunion with Denmark.

Kahn Early Origins



The surname Kahn was first found in Schleswig-Holstein, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the political conflicts of the area. The family branched into many houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions, where they played significant roles in the social and political affairs. "Kahn" or "Kan" is a north German word meaning "skiff" or "barge."

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Kahn Spelling Variations


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Kahn Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Kahn, Kaehne, Kahne, Kan, Cahn, Caehne, Kaehn, Kehn, Kahns, Kahnes and many more.

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Kahn Early History


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Kahn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kahn research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1840, 1377, 1402, 1400, 1402, 1402, 1390, 1402 and 1412 are included under the topic Early Kahn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kahn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kahn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the time included Gün Temür (1377-1402), Mongol Khan of the Northern Yuan Dynasty in Mongolia, He ruled from 1400 to 1402, he was defeated by Gulichi (1402), who killed him as a result; Dilawar (Dilawar Khan Ghori), governor of the Malwa province of central India during the decline of...

Another 168 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kahn 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kahn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michael Kahn, who came to Philadelphia in 1733
  • Johan Jacob Kahn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johannes Kahn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Daniel Kahn settled in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Valentine Kahn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kahn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Melchior Kahn, who landed in Brazil in 1825
  • Charles Kahn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1832
  • Karl Kahn, who arrived in North America in 1842
  • Salomon Kahn, who landed in North America in 1842
  • Joseph Kahn, who arrived in Kentucky in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kahn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Julius Kahn, who landed in Mississippi in 1904
  • Boris Kahn, who arrived in North Dakota in 1920
  • Rosa Kahn, who arrived in Alabama in 1920

Kahn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Kahn, aged 24, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kahn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kahn (post 1700)



  • Robert Kahn (1915-1998), birth name of Bob Kane, American comic book artist and writer, co-creator of the DC Comics superhero Batman, inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Nikki Kahn, American co-winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography
  • Robert Elliot "Bob" Kahn (b. 1938), Jewish American electrical engineer, co-inventor of the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Michael Kahn, American actor and film editor
  • Lois Kahn (1901-1974), American (Estonian-born) architect, her designs include Yale University art gallery (1954)
  • Albert Kahn (1869-1942), German-born U.S. industrial architect, principal architect for most of the large American automobile companies
  • Major-General Louis-Lazare Kahn (1895-1967), French Secretary-General of Supreme Armed Forces Council (1950-1958)
  • Madeline Kahn (1942-1999), popular film actress

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    3. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    4. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    5. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    8. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    11. ...

    The Kahn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kahn 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.

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