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A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Koehn, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of Prussia, known for its beauty, industry and military power. The name originated as a short form of the personal name Konrad, an Old German emperor's name.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Cohen, Cohn, Coehn, Coen, Kohen, Kohn, Koehn, Koehne, Cone, Kone, Koehnle, Coehnle, Coen, Koen, Coene, Koene, Coener, Koener, Coehner and many more.

First found in West Prussia, where the family emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. The name originated as a short form of Konrad, an Old German emperor's name.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koehn research. Another 260 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1806, 1837, 1842, and 1869 are included under the topic Early Koehn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 100 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Koehn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Koehn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Koehn, aged 21, arrived in Missouri in 1844
  • Johann Koehn settled in Texas in 1852
  • Charles Koehn, who arrived in Texas in 1867
  • Henirich Koehn, aged 27, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • Eva Koehn, aged 18, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1875


Koehn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Friedrich Koehn, who arrived in Quebec in 1850

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  • Francis K. Koehn, prominent American activist and politician
  • Laurie Koehn (b. 1982), American professional WNBA basketball player
  • Phyllis C. "Sugar" Koehn (1922-2007), American Major League Baseball pitcher and utility who played from 1943 to 1950
  • H. H. Koehn, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 4th District, 1919-22
  • Philipp Koehn (b. 1971), German computer scientist and researcher in the field of machine translation


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  • A Compilation of the Genealogical and Biographical Record of the Descendants and Relation Circle of Henry B. Koehn by Henry B. Koehn.
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  2. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  3. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  5. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  10. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
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The Koehn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Koehn 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.

This page was last modified on 13 December 2015 at 11:19.

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