Continuing Research

Notables Added the last 12 months
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from archives copyright © 2000 - 2016

The distinguished surname Pokorny is of Austrian origin. It is derived from the Polish word "pokorny," meaning "subservient, humble."


The surname Pokorny was first found in Austria, where the name was first used. During the 11th and 12th centuries, native Slavs living in Austria were often referred to as "Pokorny" by the native Austrians in an assertion of the victory of Otto the Great over the invaders. It is likely that the name evolved from nickname to surname during the early Middle Ages. Literally the name means "the humble one."

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pokorny, Pockorny, Pockorni, Bockorni, Bockhorny and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pokorny research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1653, 1867, 1794, 1729, 1794 and 1867 are included under the topic Early Pokorny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pokorny Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: George Bockhorn, who was naturalized in New York in 1835; Francis Pokorny, who was living in Toronto, Ontario in 1871; Adolf Pokorny, who came to New York in 1872.


  • Gene Pokorny, American tubist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1988
  • Charles Pokorny, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 7th District, 1936
  • Frank R Pokorny (b. 1924), American state legislator
  • Vladimír Pokorny (b. 1980), Czech footballer
  • Petr Pokorny (b. 1975), Czech footballer
  • Julius Pokorny (1887-1970), Austrian ling Uist and scholar of the Celtic languages, particularly Irish
  • Hermann Pokorny (1882-1960), Moravian World War I Austro-Hungarian Army cryptologist whose work with Russian ciphers, member of the Hungarian Order of Vitéz
  • Frantisek Xaver Pokorny (1729-1794), Czech Classical era composer and violinist
  • Major Franciszek Pokorny, Polish Army officer who headed the Polish General Staff's Cipher Bureau
  • Adolf Pokorny (b. 1895), German dermatologist
  • ...

Most Popular Family Crest Products
Pokorny Armorial History With Coat of ArmsPokorny Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Pokorny Coat of Arms & Surname History PackagePokorny Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Pokorny Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesPokorny Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Pokorny Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainPokorny Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Pokorny Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugPokorny Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Pokorny Armorial History with FramePokorny Armorial History with Frame
Pokorny Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsPokorny Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms




    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    11. ...

    The Pokorny Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Pokorny 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 29 October 2015 at 14:29.

    Sign Up


    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more