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Where did the German Kasper family come from? What is the German Kasper family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kasper family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kasper family history?

The name Kasper only became a surname in the late Middle ages. It comes from the personal name Kaspar, which was especially popular in central Europe up to the 18th century. It is thought to derive from the Persian "kaehbaed," or "khazana-dar," which mean "treasure bearer." The name is said to have belonged to one of the three Magi, whose supposed remains were taken from Constantinople to Cologne in the 12th century.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Casper, Caspers, Kasper, Kaspar, Kespers and others.

First found in various parts of the Holy Roman Empire. An early recorded instance of the surname is of a Johann Caspar recorded as being a vicar in Schaffhausen, in 1441. Schaffhausen was a city-state, until joining the Swiss Confederation in 1501. Families of Caspersen were found in Holstein; Caspers, Kespers in Bavaria and the Rhineland; and Kaspareck in the Slavic East.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kasper research. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1571, 1699, 1724, and 1772 are included under the topic Early Kasper History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Kasper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kasper Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Geo Friederich Kasper, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747

Kasper Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Karel Kasper, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Emma Kasper, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Rebecca Kasper, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Johann Kasper, aged 62, landed in Texas in 1854
  • Andreas Kasper, aged 39, arrived in Texas in 1854

Kasper Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • John Kasper, who arrived in Arkansas in 1903


  • Cardinal Walter Kasper (b. 1933), German theologian and author, ordained bishop of Rottenberg-Stuttgart, Germany in 1987
  • Walter Kasper (b. 1933), German Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Steve Kasper (b. 1961), Canadian professional (NHL) ice hockey player
  • John Kasper, candidate for President of the United States in 1964
  • Alex Kasper, author and computer security expert
  • Antonín Kasper, Czech flat track motorcycle racer, Speedway World Team Cup medalist


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The Kasper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kasper Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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