Kahner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Kahner is a proud sign of an ancient Jewish culture. The surname Kahner is an occupational surname for a priest, and it comes from the Hebrew word kohen. Traditionally, priests were considered to have been members of a hereditary caste, descended from Aaron, the brother of Moses. Not all Jewish bearers of the surname Kahner belong to this caste, however. When many Jews were being forced to join the Russian Army for a term of 25 years, a number of them changed their last name to Kahner, because members of the clergy were exempt from service.


United States Kahner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kahner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Josef Kahner, aged 28, originally from Nurnberg, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Noordam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [1]
  • Sime Kahner, aged 42, originally from Sokoly, Galicia, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Fuerst Bulow" from Bremen, Germany [2]
  • Paul Kahner, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "President Lincoln" from Hamburg, Germany [3]




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