Austrian family names, the distinguished surname Koppenhaver 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 surname Koppenhaver is derived from the Hebrew personal name Jacob, meaning supplanter.
Early Origins of the Koppenhaver family
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 Koppenhaver family
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Koppenhaver Spelling Variations
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 Koppenhaver include Kopp, Koepp, Kop, Koep, Koppe, Koeppe, Kope, Koepe, Koeppen, Koppen and many more.
Early Notables of the Koppenhaver family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Koppenhaver family to the New World and Oceana
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 Koppenhaver or a variant listed above: Johann Kopp, who came to America in 1738; Erdman Koppe, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1748; as did Ulrich Koppe in 1749 and Jacob Kopp in 1751; Johann Kopper, who settled on Long Island in 1780.
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