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

The surname Kemerer is an occupational surname. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old German word "kämmerer," which means "chamberlain." A chamberlain was the person in charge of the noble household; to him would fall the duty of ensuring that the castle and court of the noble ran smoothly. This is a surname of office, a subset of the larger set of occupational names.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kammer, Kamer, Kammere, Kammeres, Kammers, Kammerr, Kammerrs, Kamerrs, Kamerr, Kammerer, Cammer and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name Kammer was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kemerer research. Another 194 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1657, 1810, and 1833 are included under the topic Early Kemerer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kemerer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Carl Kammer, who arrived with his family in New York city in 1850; Daniel Kammer, who came to Philadelphia in 1768; Hans Peter Kammer, who took an oath of allegiance to the state of Pennsylvania in 1772.

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  • Chris F. Kemerer, American co-founder of the Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE)


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  6. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Kemerer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kemerer 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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