Kunze History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kunze family

The surname Kunze 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.

Early History of the Kunze family

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Kunze 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 Kunze family (pre 1700)

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United States Kunze migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kunze Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Margaretha Kunze, who settled in Philadelphia in 1773
  • Anna Margaretha Kunze, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773-1774 [1]
Kunze Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ernst Kunze, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]
  • Gustav E Kunze, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]
  • Johanna Kunze, who landed in Texas in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kunze (post 1700) +

  • John Christopher Kunze (1744-1807), American Lutheran minister, educator, author and theologian
  • Dana Kunze, American champion high-diver who has held world records for the highest dives from 1977 to 1984
  • Eric Kunze (b. 1971), American Broadway actor and singer
  • Heinz Rudolf Erich Arthur Kunze (b. 1956), German writer and rock singer
  • Andreas Kunze (1952-2010), German actor and photographer
  • Michael Kunze (b. 1943), German Grammy Award winning lyricist, book writer and librettist, known for his work on Elisabeth (1992), Dance of the Vampires (1996), Mozart! (1999), Marie Antoinette (2006), and Rebecca (2006); he has been awarded 79 Gold and Platinum records
  • Johannes Kunze (1903-1943), German World War II prisoner of war who was beaten to death by fellow inmates for being a spy for the Americans; five German POWs were charged with his murder, his death inspired the novel Extreme Justice by Vince Greene
  • Reiner Kunze (b. 1933), German writer
  • Hansjörg Kunze (b. 1959), German track and field athlete
  • Gustav Kunze (1793-1851), German zoologist and entomologist

  • Walter Kunze (1920-1994), German Matrose serving aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he survived the sinking [2]

  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)
  2. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details

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