Bavaria. The name Koeneke is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a person who was thought to possess regal qualities. The surname Koeneke was originally derived from the German word denoting the king, which was given to someone who was successful in sports or other skillful matches.
Early Origins of the Koeneke family
Early History of the Koeneke family
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Koeneke Spelling Variations
Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Koeneke include de Koenig, Koenig, Konnig, Koenig, de Koennig, Konige, Konnige, Konigge and many more.
Early Notables of the Koeneke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Koeneke family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Koeneke, or one of its variants above: John Adam Koenig and Justis Koenig with his wife and two children, all of whom emigrated to England and/or America in 1709. Jacob Koenig, Katharina Koenig, Elisabeth Koenig, and Abraham Koenig came to America between 1760 and 1764. Friedrich Koenig, Johann Koenig, and Arnold Koenig all came to Canada in 1783. August Koenig (in 1852), Friedke Koenig (in 1849), and Georg Koenig with his wife Dorothea Munk (1846) all emigrated to Texas..
Contemporary Notables of the name Koeneke (post 1700)
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