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

Korff Early Origins



The surname Korff 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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Korff Spelling Variations


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Korff 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 Korff 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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Korff Early History


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Korff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Korff 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 Korff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Korff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Korff Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlanti c. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Korff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henrich Korff, a Hessian soldier on record in North America in 1777

Korff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Korff, who landed in Philadelphia in 1804
  • Joseph Korff, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Carl and Marie Korff settled in Texas in 1853

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Contemporary Notables of the name Korff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Korff (post 1700)



  • Alice Graeme Korff (1904-1975), American art critic, trustee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Henry Korff, American Democrat politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives 15th District, 1915
  • Werner Korff (b. 1911), German bronze medalist ice hockey player at the 1932 Winter Olympics
  • André Korff (b. 1973), German professional road bicycle racer
  • Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff (1824-1882), Dutch genre painter
  • Arnold Korff (1870-1944), Austrian-born Hollywood actor and director who appeared in 72 films between 1917 and 1935

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    10. 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).
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    The Korff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Korff 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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