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

The ancestral home of the Hemminger family is in Austria, where the surname first emerged almost a millennium ago. The name Hemminger is a contraction of the German "Hammerschmied," meaning "blacksmith," and was most likely first borne by someone who held this occupation. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the place name "Hammel;" in this instance, the name would refer to someone hailing from the town of Hammel.


One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Hemminger include Hammer, Hammerer, Hamer, Hahmmer, Hahmer, Haammer, Haamer, Hammerer, Haemmerlein, Haemmerle, Hemmerle, Hammerl, Hamerl, Hemmerling, Hammerling, Hemerl, Hemer, Haemmer, Haemmerl and many more.

First found in southern Germany and Austria, where the family became noted for its many branches throughout these regions. The first individual bearers of this name to be mentioned in ancient chronicles were "meister Hemer der smed (smith)" of Breslau, Silesia, in 1356, Hensl Hemerl of Iglau, Bohemia, in 1425, Ulrich Hamerl of Prague in 1390, and Nicolas Hamer of Worms in 1317.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hemminger research. Another 334 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1791, 1820, and 1836 are included under the topic Early Hemminger History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hemminger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Hemminger were

Hemminger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes, Hemminger Jr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Jurg Fredk Hemminger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Barbara Hemminger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Georg Friedrich Hemminger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753


  • Cyril Franklin Hemminger, American Navy officer killed during the Battle of Savo Island, eponym of the USS Hemminger (DE-746), a Cannon-class destroyer escort


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per labores ad honores
Motto Translation: By work and honour.


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