Origins Available: German
Similar to many Austrian
family names, the distinguished surname Kopecky is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
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 surname Kopecky is derived from the Hebrew personal name
Jacob, meaning supplanter.
Early Origins of the Kopecky family
The surname Kopecky was first found in Austria
, where the family rose to prominence early in the mediaeval era. 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.
Early History of the Kopecky family
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Kopecky Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Kopecky include Kopp, Koepp, Kop, Koep, Koppe, Koeppe, Kope, Koepe, Koeppen, Koppen and many more.
Early Notables of the Kopecky family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kopecky family to the New World and Oceana
After the First World War, Austria
became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany
or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Kopecky were
Kopecky Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Frantiska Kopecky, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
- Frantiska Kopecky, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1892
Kopecky Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Franz Kopecky, aged 27, who landed in America from Pilsen, in 1903
- Franz Kopecky, aged 22, who emigrated to America, in 1907
- Antonia Kopecky, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
- Alois Kopecky, aged 20, who landed in America from Dolminesto, Bohemia, in 1909
- Agnes Kopecky, aged 4, who landed in America from Vitanov, Austria, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Kopecky (post 1700)
- William Kopecky (b. 1969), American musician
- Vlastimil Kopecky (1912-1967), Czech footballer, participant at the 1934 and 1938 FIFA World Cups
- Tomáš Kopecky (b. 1982), Slovak NHL ice hockey player
- Peter Kopecky, Slovak politician
- Miloš Kopecky (1922-1996), Czech actor
- Matej Kopecky (1775-1847), Czech puppeteer
- Jan Kopecky (b. 1982), Czech rally driver
- Ivan Kopecky (b. 1946), Czech football manager