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The name Korf derives from the Low German word "korb," which meant "basket." As a surname, Korf was originally occupational, used for a maker or vendor of baskets.

Korf Early Origins



The surname Korf was first found in Westphalia, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Henricus Corf, a knight who was raised into the noble class of Westphalia in 1241.

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Korf Spelling Variations


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Korf Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Korf include Korff, Korf, Corff, Corf, Koerff, Koerf, Coerff, Coerf, Kerf, Kerff, Cerf, Cerff, Korfer, Korffer, Koerffer, Koerfer, Korver, Koever, Coever and many more.

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Korf Early History


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Korf Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Korf research. Another 647 words (46 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1815, 1380, 1483, 1578, 1740, 1697, 1766, 1734 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Korf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Korf Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Korf Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Korf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North Ameri ca. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them:

Korf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Henrich Korf, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782

Korf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christine Korf, who arrived in America in 1843
  • Frederick Korf, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Korf (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Korf (post 1700)



  • Menno Korf, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Kent County 2nd District, 1934
  • Wily Wilhelm Korf (b. 1929), prominent German industrialist

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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    3. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    7. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    8. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    9. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
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    The Korf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Korf 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 24 November 2016 at 06:51.

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