Konrad Kunze

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Konrad Kunze (born May 17, 1939 in Titisee-Neustadt ) is a German literary and linguist. He taught at the University of Freiburg until his retirement in 2004 , and in the meantime also at the Universities of Eichstätt, Jena, Innsbruck and Mainz. His main areas of research are German and Latin literature of the Middle Ages, research on legends and saints, iconography, language history, dialectology and research on names .


After graduating from the Fürstenberg-Gymnasium in Donaueschingen in 1958 , Kunze studied Latin, German and Catholic theology at the universities of Freiburg, Innsbruck and Würzburg. In Freiburg he received his doctorate in 1966 with a dissertation on the subject: " Texts and studies on the legend of St. Maria Aegyptiaca in the German-speaking area ". From 1966 he was an assistant at the Institute for Historical Regional Studies at the University of Freiburg, and from 1966 to 1969 he was also a collaborator on the "Bibliotheca Sanctorum" project at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. Since 1970 he has been an academic senior counselor at the German Department of the University of Freiburg, and since 1992 an extraordinary professor. From 1973 to 1983 he headed the “German Hagiography” project at the Würzburg research group “Prose of the German Middle Ages”. He completed his habilitation at the University of Würzburg in 1983 with a thesis on the “special property of the Alsatian Legenda Aurea”. Kunze is the initiator and, together with Damaris Nübling of the German Institute of the University of Mainz, publisher of the “German Surname Atlas ” (2009–2018).

Public work

The "dtv-Atlas onenology" written by Kunze and his book "Heaven in Stone - The Freiburg Minster. From the meaning of medieval church buildings “many editions and widespread use outside of the professional world have also learned. Since 2003, Kunze has been in charge of a weekly column on onomatopoeia in SWR4 , in which listeners can find out the origin and meaning of their names. He is present in the public media and educational establishments with numerous contributions on the linguistic and cultural history of southwest Germany.


  • State teaching award Baden-Württemberg 1994
  • Festschrift “Studies on German Language and Literature” on the occasion of his 65th birthday, ed. by V. Bok, W. and U. Williams, Hamburg 2004
  • Dedicated to the 70th birthday: “Family name geography. Results and Perspectives of European Research ”, ed. by R. Heuser, D. Nübling, M. Schmuck, Berlin / New York 2011
  • Dedicated to the 75th birthday: "Adoration of saints and naming", ed. by K. Dräger, F. Fahlbusch, D. Nübling, Berlin / Boston 2016

Fonts (selection)

  • Studies on the legend of St. Maria Aegyptiaca in the German-speaking area (= Philological Studies and Sources. H. 49, ISSN  0554-0674 ). Schmidt, Berlin 1969.
  • with Hans Fromm , Kurt Gärtner , Klaus Grubmüller (eds.): Konrad von Fussesbrunnen : The Childhood of Jesus (= Litterae 42). Selected illustrations from the entire handwritten tradition. Kümmerle, Göppingen 1977, ISBN 3-87452-331-4 .
  • (Ed.): The legend of Saint Maria Aegyptiaca. An example of hagiographic transmission in 16 unpublished German, Dutch and Latin versions (= texts from the late Middle Ages and the early modern period. Vol. 28). Schmidt, Berlin 1978, ISBN 3-503-00582-X .
  • with Wolfgang Kleiber , Heinrich Löffler : Historical Southwest German Language Atlas. Based on land registers from the 13th - 15th centuries (= Bibliotheca Germanica 22A – 22B). 2 volumes (Vol. 1, text: introduction, commentary and documentation. Vol. 2, cards: introduction, main tone vowelism, secondary tone vowelism, consonantism. ) In continuation of the foundations created at the Institute for Historical Regional Studies in Freiburg under the direction of Friedrich Maurer . Francke, Bern / Munich 1979, ISBN 3-7720-1440-2 .
  • Heaven in stone. The Freiburg Minster. The meaning of medieval church buildings. Herder, Freiburg (Breisgau) et al. 1980, ISBN 3-451-18279-3 (14th edition of the complete edition. Ibid 2014, ISBN 978-3-451-29254-5 ).
  • The Alsatian “Legenda aurea”. Vol. 2: The special property (= texts and text history. Vol. 10). Niemeyer, Tübingen 1983, ISBN 3-484-36010-0 .
  • as editors with Johannes G. Mayer and Bernhard Schnell : Editions of tradition and studies on German literature in the Middle Ages. Festschrift Kurt Ruh . Tübingen 1989 (= texts and text history. Würzburg research. Volume 31).
  • with Hubert Klausmann, Renate Schrambke: Small Dialect Atlas . Alemannic and Swabian in Baden-Württemberg (= topics of regional studies. H. 6). Konkordia-Verlag, Bühl / Baden 1993, ISBN 3-7826-0166-1 (3rd, reviewed and supplemented edition, ibid 1997).
  • dtv-Atlas onomastics. First and last names in the German-speaking area (= dtv 3234). Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag, Munich 1998, ISBN 3-423-03234-0 (5th, revised and corrected edition. (= Dtv 3266 series “dtv-Atlas” )), ibid 2004, ISBN 3-423-03266-9 .
  • Atlas onomatology. First and last names in the German-speaking area (= digital library 124). Digital version. Directmedia Publishing, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-89853-524-X .
  • with Damaris Nübling: German Surname Atlas , Volumes 1–7, Berlin / New York 2009–2018.

Collaboration on:

  • Field name book Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart 1993.
  • Topographic map 1: 25000, State Surveying Office Baden-Württemberg, new edition 1980–97.
  • Bibliotheca Sanctorum, Università Lateranense, Roma 1961–69.
  • Lexicon of Christian Iconography, Rome / Freiburg 1970–76.
  • The German literature of the Middle Ages. Author's Lexicon, Berlin / New York 1978–2005.
  • Lexicon of the Middle Ages, Munich / Zurich 1980–99.
  • Encyclopedia of Fairy Tales, Berlin / New York 1975ff.
  • Dictionnaire de spiritualité ascétique et mystique, Paris 1932–2002.
  • Real Lexicon of German Literary Studies, Berlin / New York 1997ff.


  • Freiburg Bibliographical Pocket Book of the Albert Ludwig University. Vol. 8, 1997, ZDB -ID 985603-1 , p. 142.
  • List of publications up to 2004 in: Václav Bok, Ulla Williams, Werner Williams-Krapp (eds.): Studies on German language and literature. Festschrift for Konrad Kunze on his 65th birthday (= Studies in German Studies. Vol. 10). Kovač, Hamburg 2004, ISBN 3-8300-1457-0 , pp. 418-433.

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