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Koenig Surname Meaning

German (mainly König) and Jewish (Ashkenazic; also König): from Middle High German künic German König ‘king’ hence a German nickname for a servant or retainer of a king (for example a farmer on a royal demesne) or alternatively a status name for the head of a craftmen's guild or a society of sharpshooters or minstrels. As a Jewish surname it is artificial one of several such Ashkenazic names based on European titles of nobility or royalty. The surname Koenig is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) and Poland. In eastern Germany the surname König is in part a Germanized form (translation into German) of Sorbian Kral ‘king’. Similarly in Czechia Poland Slovenia and Croatia it was often applied as a translation into German of Czech Polish Slovenian and Croatian cognates Král (see Kral ) Król (see Krol ) and Kralj respectively. Compare Konig . In some cases also an American shortened form of the compound artificial Jewish names of which Koenig is the first element as for example Koenigfest.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Honig, Hoenig, Wenig, Konig, Monnig, Kong, Koen, Koning, Kroening

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You can see how Koenig families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Koenig family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Koenig families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 59 Koenig families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Koenig's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Koenig families in 1911.
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What did your Koenig ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Koenig. 64% of Koenig men worked as a Farmer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Farmers Son
  • Farming
  • Income
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There are 19,000 military records available for the last name Koenig. For the veterans among your Koenig ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Koenig life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Koenig in 1944 was 61, and 76 in 2004.

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