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Where did the German Koppenhoffer family come from? What is the German Koppenhoffer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Koppenhoffer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Koppenhoffer family history?

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.


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.

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.


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.


More information is included under the topic Early Koppenhoffer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:40.

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