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.
Important Dates for 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.
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)
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
Robert Gregg Koester (b. 1932), American founder and owner of Delmark Records, one of the oldest independent record labels in the United States
Henry Koester, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1948 
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
Historic Events for the Koester family
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 
^ 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)
^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
^ 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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