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  • Adam Benjamin Cognevich (1906 - 1978)
    Cognevich - Adam {Ben} Cognevich On Monday February 27 1978 At 2:25 Am Husband Of Leona Levesque Father Of Calvin L, J C And Mrs Doris Prejean Son Of The Late Victoria Buras And Etienne B Cognevich Bro...
  • Adeodat Cognevich (c.1927 - d.)
  • Albert Roy Cognevich (1906 - 1922)
  • Alexandrine Cognevich (1885 - 1934)
  • Alvin John Cognevich (1957 - 1983)
    Cognevich - Alvin John Cognevich 'Booboo' Born 11-11-1951 In Buras Died Tuesday 9-13-1983 At 8:30 Pm In Buras Aged 25 Years; Son Of Alvin John Cognevich And Louise Solis; Brother Of Brenda Beall, Betty...

About the Cognevich surname

The roots of the Cognevich (possibly originally spelled Konjević) surname, while unknown, is believed to have originated in the Galicia region (today part of Poland and Ukraine). Later during the Turkish Rebellion, many fled to the Banat region (now part of Hungary, Serbia and Romania) where they apparently lived for a while, only to flee from the Turks again; this time making their way to those countries that once made up the former Yugoslavian republic.

The surname is quite old and is documented in Italian and Latin documents dating back to 1322, in which Domianus Radvani Cognevich, Johannes Cognevich and Petrus Cognevich are mentioned in Sibenik. Another document from Sibenik records the handling of part of the estate of Francesco Cognevich. This document states: January 7, 1454 The executors of the estate of Pria, widow of Francesco Cognevich, commission Giorgio to build a chapel dedicated to the Holy Cross in the Cathedral of Šibenik. It is finished by March 5, 1455. (Kolen ­ d i ć in Starinar, 1923, pp. 84f.)

Konjević, literally translate to "little son of the horse". Konj means horse and the suffix "ević" means little son of. More likely the translation means the son of a horseman.

No one really knows how the spelling change came about but as shown in the Latin and Italian documents mentioned above, this is likely because of how the name was translated into Italian and Latin.

The Cognevich family has the distinction of being one of the first and largest families of Dalmatian descent in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Although a few other Cognevich's are recorded on early census records during the nineteenth century, Stephani "Etienne" Cognevich appears to be the progenitor of most of the Cognevich descendants that now live in Louisiana as well as other parts of the United States.

It is believed that Stephani was born in the mountainous Konavle region near Herceg Novi, Montenegro. He likely immigrated to Louisiana in the 1840's. Once in Louisiana, he and his partner John Vidacovich purchased land in Nairn, Louisiana just below an area known as Sixty-Mile Point along the Mississippi delta. This purchase as it appears in the Plaquemines Parish Court House conveyance book No. 10, Page 143, entry No. 1716 dated March 1844, is the first record of Stephani found in Plaquemines Parish.

Anthony Cognevich is recorded as arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1864. It is likely that Anthony was also born in Montenegro, about 1833, but there are no indications as to the relationship, if any, to Stephani. Anthony married and had two sons, Stephen and Anthony, Jr. Stephen died at the age of 3 years 2 months. Anthony, Jr. was a Captain during the Civil War and led the 4th regiment, European and French Brigade Militia. Anthony, Jr. appears on the 1900 census with his wife Hannah Druen Cognevich and two children, Annette and Peter. Annette died at the age of 49 and had no known children. It is believed that he had another son named George, but neither George nor Peter appear again on any known records.

Other Louisiana immigrants on census records with the Cognevich last name are Ignoceo (1870 census) and Gius (1870 census) and P. Cognevich (1880 census). It is believed that they came to Louisiana as oyster fishermen, no further records indicate whether they stayed in America or possibly returned to their mother country. There is no evidence supporting relationship of Ignacious, Gius or P. Cognevich to Stephani.

Outside of Louisiana, the Cognevich surname appears in census records as well in immigration records, but again no known relationship can be determined between any of these people and Stephani.