is the ancestral home of the Kaestener family. The Kaestener surname evolved as a local
name. It is a name for a family that lived in Franconia where their name rose to prominence through their involvement in the social and cultural affairs of the area.
Early Origins of the Kaestener family
The surname Kaestener was first found in Franconia, where the name was an integral part of the feudal
society which would shape modern European history. Many prominent branches of the family would strive to make this name renowned as they contributed to the social, economic and political affairs of the region.
Early History of the Kaestener family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kaestener research.Another 389 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1468, 1565, 1635, 1810, 1769, 1741, 1800 and 1773 are included under the topic Early Kaestener History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kaestener Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Kaestener include Kaestner, Kastner, Kestner, Kastener, Kaestener, Kestener, Cestner, Kesstner, Kaesstner, Kasstner, Castner, Caestner, Koestner, Kostner, Coestner and many more.
Early Notables of the Kaestener family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Kaestener in this period include Franz de Paula Andreas Joseph Bonaventura Castner von Collenbach (b.1769), Lord of the estate Collenbach near Staubing in Bavaria
, who distinguished himself as a lawyer and major of the Bavarian regiment of Viechtach. Johann Georg Christian Kestner... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kaestener Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kaestener family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kaestener or a variant listed above: Paul Kastner, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania between 1683 and 1709; Conrad, Georg, and Peter Castner, who all arrived in New York City in 1709.