Koester History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Koester family

The surname Koester was first found in Mecklenburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. Over time, the family name branched into other houses, where their influence continued to be felt because of the important role they played in the local social and political affairs. They held a family seat at Kosteritz.

Early History of the Koester family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koester research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1793, 1532 and 1619 are included under the topic Early Koester History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Koester Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Koster, Kostar, Coster, Costar and others.

Early Notables of the Koester family (pre 1700)

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Koester Ranking

In the United States, the name Koester is the 5,155th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Koester migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Koester Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ludwick Koester, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [2]
Koester Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Koester, who landed in Maryland in 1834 [2]
  • Wilhelm Koester, who landed in Chile in 1850 [2]
  • Ludolph Koester, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • William Koester, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855 [2]
  • Adolph Koester, who settled in Philadelphia in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Koester migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Koester Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Heinrich Koester, who arrived in Quebec in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Koester (post 1700) +

  • Robert Gregg "Bob" Koester (1932-2021), American record producer and businessman who was the founder and owner of Delmark Records, a jazz and blues independent record label
  • Jolene Koester, American academic, 4th President of California State University, Northridge
  • Helmut Koester (1926-2016), German-born American scholar of the New Testament and early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School
  • Henry Koester, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1948 [3]
  • Grand Admiral Hans Ludwig Raimund von Koester (1844-1938), German naval officer who served in the Prussian Navy and later in the Imperial German Navy
  • Charles Beverley "Bev" Koester OC (1926-1998), Canadian naval officer, civil servant and Clerk of the Canadian House of Commons

  • Harry Koester (1913-1941), German Maschinengefreiter Res. who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]

Suggested Readings for the name Koester +

  • Most All Our Koester Cousins by Marjorie M. Rector.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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 http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details

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