Koons History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Similar to many Austrian family names, the distinguished surname Koons is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Austria were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The name Koons is derived from the Old German name Conrad, which is composed of the elements "kuoni," meaning "daring" or "brave," and "rad," meaning "counsel."
Early Origins of the Koons family
The surname Koons was first found in Austria, 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.
Early History of the Koons family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koons research. Another 240 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1645, 1687, 1700, 1726, 1748, 1770, 1775, 1806, 1849, and 1857 are included under the topic Early Koons History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Koons Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Koons include Kuhn, Kuehn, Kuehne, Kuehnel, Cuhn, Cuehn, Cuehne and many more.
Early Notables of the Koons family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Koons were August Kuehnel (1645-c.1700), who was a distinguished German composer and mastered the viola da gamba. Gottlieb Jakob Kuhn...
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In the United States, the name Koons is the 6,075th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
| Koons migration to the United States ||+|
Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Koons or a variant listed above:
Koons Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- C. Koons, who landed in America, in 1903
- Hy Koons, who landed in America, in 1903
- Martha Koons, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
- Lee Koons, aged 23, who immigrated to America, in 1906
- Atwood S. Koons, who settled in America, in 1906
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|Contemporary Notables of the name Koons (post 1700) ||+|
- Darrell John Koons (1924-2016), American painter, former member of the art faculty at Bob Jones University
- Harry M. Koons (1862-1932), American Major League Baseball third baseman for the Chicago Browns in 1884
- Jeffrey "Jeff" Koons (b. 1955), American artist
- J. A. Koons, American politician, Mayor of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, 1925 
- Harry L. Koons, American politician, Postmaster at East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1920-34 
- Franklin S. Koons, American politician, Mayor of Garden City, New York, 1937-38 
- Emily B. Koons, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Manlius, New York, 1947 
- Edward L. Koons, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1920 
- Donald W. Koons, American politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 5th District, 1938 
- D. B. Koons, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Luzerne County, 1872-73 
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