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The ancestral home of the Konig family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Konig is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a person who was thought to possess regal qualities. The surname Konig was originally derived from the German word denoting the king, which was given to someone who was successful in sports or other skillful matches.

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The surname Konig was first found in Alsace, where the name 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.

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Konig include de Koenig, Koenig, Konnig, Koenig, de Koennig, Konige, Konnige, Konigge and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Konig research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1701, 1823, and 1832 are included under the topic Early Konig History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Konig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Konig Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Baldwin Konig, a baker, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria"

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  • George Konig (1865-1913), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Maryland 3rd District, 1911-13


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The Konig Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Konig 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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