Kunst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kunst family

The surname Kunst was first found in Bohemia and Silesia, where the name was an integral part of the feudal society which would shape modern European history. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Cuntz der Kuentzel of Kempten (West of Frankfurt) who lived around 1382, and Cuncze von Cracow who lived in Liegnitz, Silesia in 1388.

Important Dates for the Kunst family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kunst research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1701, 1767, 1792, 1839 and 1894 are included under the topic Early Kunst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kunst Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kunze, Kunz, Kunzel, Kuenz, Kuenze, Kuenzel, Cuntz, Kuntz, Kuntze, Kuntzel, Kuentz, Kunts, Kundt, Kuent, Kunth, Kunt, Kuhnt, Kuehnt, Kuntse, Kuntsel, Kunstler, Kuents, Kuentse, Cuncze and many more.

Early Notables of the Kunst family (pre 1700)

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Kunst migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kunst Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jan Barantse Kunst, who arrived in New York in 1658 [1]
Kunst Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Andras Kunst, aged 18, who settled in America from Mokrin, Hungary, in 1907
  • Anna Kunst, aged 6, who landed in America from Ronsdorf, Germany, in 1907
  • Barbara Kunst, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States from Szakalhaza, Hungary, in 1908
  • Adolf Kunst, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Crhimimitschan, Germany, in 1909
  • Amalie Kunst, aged 54, who landed in America from Gnesen, Poland, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kunst migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kunst Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Philip Kunst, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Kunst (post 1700)

  • Wilhelm Kunst (1909-1986), German wood sculptor
  • Wilhelm Kunst (1799-1859), German actor
  • Pieter Cornelisz Kunst (1484-1560), Dutch Renaissance painter

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
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