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Early Origins of the Koerner family

The surname Koerner was first found in Saxony, where the name Koerner 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.

Early History of the Koerner family

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Koerner 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 Koerner include Korner, Koerner, Corner, Coerner, Koerher and others.

Early Notables of the Koerner family

Prominent bearers of the family name Koerner at this time were

  • the Chevaliers Koerner

Koerner Ranking

In the United States, the name Koerner is the 6,119th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Koerner migration to the United States +

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 Koerner or a variant listed above:

Koerner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Koerner arrived from England and settled in Pennsylvania in 1709 with his wife and four children
  • Nicholas Koerner, who settled in New York in 1709 with his wife and four children
  • Wolf Koerner, who arrived in America with his wife and two sons in 1709
  • Nicolaus Koerner, who landed in New York, NY in 1709 [2]
  • Jacob Koerner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [2]
Koerner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gustavus P Koerner, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1838 [2]
  • Johann Christian Koerner, aged 34, who landed in Missouri in 1842 [2]
  • Frederick Koerner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843 [2]
  • Mr. Valetine Koerner, (Korner), aged 38, German who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1845 aboard the ship "Neptune"
  • MIss Josephe Koerner, (Korner), aged 9, German who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1845 aboard the ship "Neptune"
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Contemporary Notables of the name Koerner (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Leo Koerner (b. 1958), American art historian
  • Gustav Philipp Koerner (1809-1896), American journalist, lawyer, politician, judge, and statesman, 12th Illinois Lieutenant Governor (1853-1857), United States Minister to Spain (1862-1864), a close confidant of Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd
  • John Koerner (b. 1938), nicknamed "Spider", American singer, guitarist and songwriter
  • James Koerner (b. 1923), American writer and educator
  • Stella C. Koerner (1916-2000), American politician, Mayor of Wheeling, West Virginia, 1985-88 [3]
  • Phillip F. Koerner, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 13th District, 1961 [3]
  • Milton Koerner, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 5th District, 1953-54; Defeated, 1954 [3]
  • John Koerner, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1936 [3]
  • Gustavus Koerner (1809-1896), American Republican politician, Justice of Illinois State Supreme Court, 1845-48; U.S. Consul in Hamburg, 1848-49; Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 1853-57 [3]
  • Gus A. Koerner, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1876; Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Illinois, 1896 [3]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook