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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Karstens, Karsten, Carsten, Carstens, Kersten, Kaersten, Kaerstens, Kerstens, Kirsten, Kirstens, Karst (short form), Kerst, Karsthens, Karsthen, Carsthen, Carsthens, Kersthen, Kaersthen, Kaersthens, Kersthens, Kirsthen, Kirsthens, Karsth (short form), Kersth and many more.

First found in Austria, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerstetter research. Another 244 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1819 is included under the topic Early Kerstetter History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kerstetter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kerstetter Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Marion Kerstetter, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Arthur Edward Kerstetter, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Prentise, Wisc, in 1923
  • Herman Henry Kerstetter, aged 14, who emigrated to Prentice, Wisc., in 1924

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  • William E. Kerstetter (1913-1996), American academic, President of DePauw University (1963 to 1975)
  • Private First Class Dexter J Kerstetter (1907-1972), American soldier, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945


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  2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
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The Kerstetter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kerstetter 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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