It was a pleasure to find this forum today.I have several comments:
-- Regarding Greg Kihn, truly a renaissance man (folk rocker, popular morning radio DJ in San Jose, award-winner horror fiction writer):
I emailed the illustrious Greg about four years ago to ask how he came to his fine last name.His reply was very brief, something like "Hey, cool--it's great to have a fan like you."(He didn't even answer my question!No big deal, though).
-- Kihn connections I'm searching:
Generally in the Radom area of Poland, Daniel KUHN and Justina HARTWIG (HARTWICH), married circa 1820 and links by marriage to MAIER, WAGNER, ALBRECHT (ULBRECHT) and ZELMER.Thank you V. Braun for researching this information.Religious faith is mainly Evangelische (Lutheran).
-- How did I come to my Kihn name?
Honourably.As the note above indicates, my family name was originally "KUHN".When my g.grandfather Gottlieb emigrated to Canada from Poland in 1900 the name was changed to "KIHN".Perhaps the Canadian agent thought the "U" in KUHN was an "I" (the umlaut may have confused him).There's also a school of though that "KUHN" in German sounded the same as "KIHN" to English ears, thus someone changed it to "KIHN".Whatever the reason, I'm proud of my "KIHN" last name, it certainly is unique and my branch pronounces it "KEEN".
I'd be interested to learn of other versions of the origins of "KIHN".
-- And finally:
Did you know that there is a radio station, in Texas I think, with the call letters KIHN?I suggest that the station owners need the Kihns of the world to advise them on their programming line-up! ;-)