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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.

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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.

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.


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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.

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Another 100 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kohnke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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  • Michael Kohnke (b. 1967), American graphic designer, type designer, and cartographer
  • Peter Kohnke (1941-1975), sports shooter and Olympic Champion for Germany


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