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


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.


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


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carstens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Lysbeth Carstens, aged 14, landed in New York in 1679
  • Teunis Carstens, aged 8, arrived in New York in 1679

Carstens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Heinrich Carstens settled in Germantown in 1709

Carstens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dietr Carstens, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Hmr Carstens, aged 39, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Peter Carstens, aged 35, arrived in New York, NY in 1852
  • J H Carstens, who landed in Iowa in 1869
  • Johann E Carstens, aged 29, arrived in Schuyler County, Illinois in 1872


  • Karl Carstens (1914-1992), German lawyer and politician. He was president of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1979 to 1984
  • Peter Carstens (1903-1945), German geneticist
  • William Peter Carstens (b. 1929), renowned social anthropologist
  • David Daniel Carstens (1914-1955), South African Olympic gold medal-winning (1932) boxer
  • Carl Wilhelm Carstens (1887-1950), Norwegian geologist and lecturer at the Norwegian Institute of Technology from 1920 to 1936


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

This page was last modified on 15 April 2014 at 23:03.

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