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The roots of the German surname Koppenhoffer lie in the former royal duchy of Swabia, now the modern state of Baden-Wurrtemburg. The name is derived from the German words "kapaun," meaning "capon," a rooster, and "hof," meaning "farm." Thus, it was most likely first borne by someone who lived on a farm where capons were raised.

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The surname Koppenhoffer was first found in the Baden region, where Zinken Koppenhöfen, the first recorded bearer of the name, was living in 1387. The young Koppenhoffer family was instrumental during these early years, playing an important role in the development of medieval Swabian society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Koppenhöfer, Koppenhöffer, Koppenhofer, Koppenhoffer, Koppenhoefer, Koppenhoeffer, Koppenhoefen, Koppenhöfen, Koppenheffer, Copenhöfer, Coppenheffer, Copenhaver, Coppenhaver, Copenhoffer, Copenheffer and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koppenhoffer research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1387 and 1573 are included under the topic Early Koppenhoffer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Koppenhoffer 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: Thomas Koppenhoffer, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1728.

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