Show ContentsClemmer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the surname Clemmer 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.

Early Origins of the Clemmer family

The surname Clemmer was 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.

Early History of the Clemmer family

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Clemmer Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Clemmer family (pre 1700)

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Clemmer Ranking

In the United States, the name Clemmer is the 6,449th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Clemmer family

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.


Contemporary Notables of the name Clemmer (post 1700) +

  • Richard L. Clemmer (b. 1952), American chief executive officer of NXP Semiconductors from 2009 to 2020
  • Mary Clemmer (1831-1884), birth name of Mary C. Ames, an American journalist, author, and poet from Utica, New York, best known for her "Woman's Letter from Washington"
  • James Clemmer (d. 1942), American vaudeville and movie theater manager in the Pacific Northwest and built the Clemmer Theater in 1914, later known as the Bing Crosby Theater
  • David E. Clemmer (b. 1965), American analytical chemist, Distinguished Professor and Robert and Marjorie Mann Chair of Chemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Ann Clemmer (b. 1958), American political scientist and politician, Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives (2009-2015)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm


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