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Kochan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Kochan family. The Kochan surname is derived from the Latin word "coquus," which denotes the "art of cookery." Kochan was originally an occupational name, for a cook.

Early Origins of the Kochan family

The surname Kochan was first found in Bavaria, where the family made a considerable contribution to the feudal society which shaped modern Europe.

Early History of the Kochan family

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Kochan 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 Kochan include Koch, Koche, Kochen, Koech, Koeche, Koechen, Coch, Coche, Cochen, Coech, Coeche, Coechen, Koechle, Koechly, Koechli, Kock, Kochs, Kocks and many more.

Early Notables of the Kochan family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Kochan in this period include Conrad Reinhold von Koch, an advisor on justice at the royal Schleswig-Holstein court, who was knighted in 1769. He was born in 1738 as the son of a chamberlain of the court at Darmstadt and was the brother of the...
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Migration of the Kochan family to the New World and Oceana

Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kochan or a variant listed above: Anna Maria Koch, who came to New York City in 1709. Johann Koch arrived in America in 1709; while Georg Ludwig Koch came to New York City in 1710; Caspar Koch settled in Carolina in 1738.

Contemporary Notables of the name Kochan (post 1700)

  • Rebekah Kochan (b. 1984), American actress and comedienne
  • Günter Kochan (1930-2009), German classical composer
  • Lionel Edmond Kochan (1922-2005), British historian
  • Alexis Kochan (b. 1953), Ukrainian-Canadian composer and singer
  • Craig Kochan (b. 1974), Canadian curler who skipped at the 1987, 1988 and 1989 Canadian Junior Curling Championships

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