Austrian origin. It is derived from the Polish word "pokorny," meaning "subservient, humble."
Early Origins of the Pokorny family
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."
Early History of the Pokorny family
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Pokorny Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Pokorny, Pockorny, Pockorni, Bockorni, Bockhorny and others.
Early Notables of the Pokorny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pokorny family to the New World and Oceana
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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Pokorny (post 1700)
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