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

The origins of the surname Klempner are uncertain. Most likely, it comes from the German word "klempern," meaning "to clamp, bolt or rivet," and as such, it would have been an occupational name for a tinker. Other possible origins include the German word "klem," meaning "tight or stingy," "klemer," meaning "day worker" or perhaps the surname was created from the personal (first) name Clemens.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Klempner, Klemperer, Klemper, Klempert, Klemptner, Klampfer, Klampferer, Klemen, Clemme, Klemer and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Klempner research. Another 164 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Klempner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Klemmer, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1730; William Clempfer, who was on record in Philadelphia in 1770; Elspeth Clemme, who arrived at the port of New York in 1832.

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  • John Klempner, novelist
  • Mark Klempner, folklorist, oral historian, and social commentator


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The Klempner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Klempner 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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