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The surname Koger was first found in Pomerania, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Alvericus Keghel of Hamburg (c.1293,) and Eler der Kegheler of Bremen (c.1405).

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kegel, Kegler, Koegel, Kogel, Koegler, Kegele, Kegeler, Koegele, Kogele, Koegeler, Keghel and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koger research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1738, 1757, and 1805 are included under the topic Early Koger History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Koger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Koger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Koger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Nicklaus Koger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732

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  • Earl Koger, American Republican politician, Candidate for Maryland State Senate District 10, 1966; Candidate in primary for Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, 1987
  • Gregory Koger, American political scientist who specializes in the study of filibustering and obstructionism in American legislative bodies
  • Kevin Jamaal Koger (b. 1989), American former NFL football tight end, current assistant offensive coach at The University of Tennessee
  • William Koger (b. 1962), American professional football player
  • Alan Koger (b. 1987), American soccer player


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  7. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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The Koger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Koger 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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