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The name Kasper only became a surname in the late Middle ages. It comes from the personal name Kaspar, which was especially popular in central Europe up to the 18th century. It is thought to derive from the Persian "kaehbaed," or "khazana-dar," which mean "treasure bearer." The name is said to have belonged to one of the three Magi, whose supposed remains were taken from Constantinople to Cologne in the 12th century.

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The surname Kasper was first found in various parts of the Holy Roman Empire. An early recorded instance of the surname is of a Johann Caspar recorded as being a vicar in Schaffhausen, in 1441. Schaffhausen was a city-state, until joining the Swiss Confederation in 1501. Families of Caspersen were found in Holstein; Caspers, Kespers in Bavaria and the Rhineland; and Kaspareck in the Slavic East.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Casper, Caspers, Kasper, Kaspar, Kespers and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kasper research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1571, 1699, 1724, and 1772 are included under the topic Early Kasper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kasper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Geo Friederich Kasper, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747

Kasper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Karel Kasper, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Emma Kasper, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Rebecca Kasper, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Johann Kasper, aged 62, landed in Texas in 1854
  • Andreas Kasper, aged 39, arrived in Texas in 1854
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Kasper Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Kasper, who arrived in Arkansas in 1903
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  • Nolan Kasper (b. 1989), American World Cup alpine ski racer
  • Lynne Rossetto Kasper, American food writer and radio journalist
  • Len Kasper (b. 1971), American play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs (2005-)
  • Kevin Joseph Kasper (b. 1977), former American football wide receiver of the National Football League
  • Herbert Kasper (b. 1926), American fashion designer
  • Gail Kasper, American actress, host, executive producer, and writer of the late-night show Raw Reality With Gail Kasper
  • Degen Elizabeth Ellen Kasper (b. 1989), American beauty pageant holder, Miss Alaska Teen USA in 2006
  • Debbie Kasper, American Daytime Emmy Award nominated stand-up comedian and writer
  • Dave Kasper, retired American soccer player who played from 1983 to 1995 and manager who managed Duquesne Dukes from 1995 to 1997
  • Adam Kasper, American Grammy Award winning record producer and engineer
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    Other References

    1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
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    The Kasper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kasper 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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