Show ContentsKochevar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Kochevar family

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

Early History of the Kochevar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kochevar research. Another 296 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1552, 1637, 1688, 1694, 1738, 1747, 1748, 1769, 1815, and 1852 are included under the topic Early Kochevar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kochevar 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 Kochevar 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 Kochevar family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Kochevar 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 famous scholar and professor of state law at the University of Strassburg...
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Migration of the Kochevar family

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 Kochevar 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 Kochevar (post 1700) +

  • Irene Kochevar, American photochemist, biochemist and professor at the Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Deborah T. Kochevar, American Dean and the Henry and Lois Foster Professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University on Facebook