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The surname Koepke was first found in Saxony, where the name Kopke became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kopke, Kepke, Koepke, Koepcke, Koepp, Kopka and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koepke research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1798 and 1802 are included under the topic Early Koepke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Koepke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Koepke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederich Koepke settled in Galveston Texas with his wife and two children
  • Gottfried Koepke, aged 37, arrived in America in 1843
  • Wilhelm Frederich Koepke settled in America with his wife Maria, four daughters and his mother in 1845
  • Johann Gottlieb Koepke, aged 31, arrived in America in 1845
  • Wilhelm Friedrich Koepke, aged 41, landed in America in 1845
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Koepke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Koepke, aged 41, arrived in New York City, New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Zeeland" from Antwerp, Belgium [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6N4-632 : 6 December 2014), William Koepke, 01 Aug 1921; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Zeeland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Meta Koepke, aged 43, arrived in New York City, New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Zeeland" from Antwerp, Belgium [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6N4-63L : 6 December 2014), Meta Koepke, 01 Aug 1921; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Zeeland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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  • Walter G. Koepke, American politician, Mayor of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 1951
  • Hermann Koepke, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1st District, 1900
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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6N4-632 : 6 December 2014), William Koepke, 01 Aug 1921; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Zeeland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6N4-63L : 6 December 2014), Meta Koepke, 01 Aug 1921; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Zeeland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  5. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Koepke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Koepke 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.

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