Show ContentsKuehn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Similar to many Austrian family names, the distinguished surname Kuehn 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 name Kuehn is derived from the Old German name Conrad, which is composed of the elements "kuoni," meaning "daring" or "brave," and "rad," meaning "counsel."

Early Origins of the Kuehn family

The surname Kuehn was first found in Austria, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Kuehn family

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Kuehn 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 Kuehn include Kuhn, Kuehn, Kuehne, Kuehnel, Cuhn, Cuehn, Cuehne and many more.

Early Notables of the Kuehn family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Kuehn were August Kuehnel (1645-c.1700), who was a distinguished German composer and mastered the viola da gamba. Gottlieb Jakob Kuhn...
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Kuehn Ranking

In the United States, the name Kuehn is the 5,402nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Kuehn migration to the United States +

After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Kuehn were

Kuehn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Theis Kuehn, who landed in America in 1709-1711 [2]
  • Casper Kuehn, who landed in Philadelphia in 1779 at the age of 35
Kuehn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andreas Kuehn, who arrived in New York in 1850 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kuehn (post 1700) +

  • Ferdinand Kuehn (1821-1901), American politician
  • Arthur Bert Kuehn (b. 1953), former American football Center
  • Charles Kuehn, American politician
  • Louis Edward "Hap" Kuehn (1901-1981), American Olympic diver
  • General Friedrich Kuehn (1889-1944), Panzer General in the German army during World War II
  • Rolf Kuehn (b. 1929), German jazz clarinetist and saxophonist
  • Joachim Kuehn (b. 1944), German jazz pianist
  • Dieter Kuehn (b. 1956), former German football player
  • Anke Kuehn (b. 1981), German female field hockey player
  • Heinz Kuehn (1912-1992), distinguished German politician for the Socialist Party (SPD)
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. John M Kuehn (1963-1985), American Specialist 4th Class from Wilmington, Delaware, USA who died in the Arrow Air Flight 1285 crash [3]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook