A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Kohnke, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of Prussia
, known for its beauty, industry and military power. The name originated as a short form of the personal name
Konrad, an Old German emperor's name.
Early Origins of the Kohnke family
The surname Kohnke was first found in West Prussia
, where the family emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. The name originated as a short form of Konrad, an Old German emperor's name.
Early History of the Kohnke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kohnke research.Another 260 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1806, 1837, 1842, and 1869 are included under the topic Early Kohnke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kohnke Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Cohen, Cohn, Coehn, Coen, Kohen, Kohn, Koehn, Koehne, Cone, Kone, Koehnle, Coehnle, Coen, Koen, Coene, Koene, Coener, Koener, Coehner and many more.
Early Notables of the Kohnke family (pre 1700)
Notable figures of the period with the name Kohnke were members of the Koehn von Jaski family, who distinguished themselves in politics and military services. One Koehn von Jaski, the Lord of Wittichwalde, became the director of regional affairs (Landes-Director) and regional advisor for the district of Mohrungen in 1806, while... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kohnke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kohnke family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Abraham Koen, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733. Moses Kohen came to Philadelphia in 1839; J.A. Cohen settled in San Francisco, Cal. in 1850; while Adolph Cohen settled in Philadelphia in 1876. Christian Koene arrived in Philadelphia in 1880.
Contemporary Notables of the name Kohnke (post 1700)
- Michael Kohnke (b. 1967), American graphic designer, type designer, and cartographer
- Peter Kohnke (1941-1975), German sports shooter and Olympic Champion