Kempner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Kempner family emerged in Pomerania, a territory of Germany and a maritime province of Prussia. Pomerania was bounded on the south by Brandenburg, on the west by Mecklenburg, and on the east by Poland. During the 5th century, Pomerania was settled by Pommern, who were a Slavic tribe. Pommern, which means on the sea, became the name of this region during the reign of the Charlemagne.

Early Origins of the Kempner family

The surname Kempner was first found in Pomerania, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the political conflicts of the area. The family branched into many houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions, where they played significant roles in the social and political affairs. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Herward Kempe of Rostock, Pomerania who lived in the year 1257.

Early History of the Kempner family

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Kempner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kempen, Kempe, Kemp, Kaempen, Kaempe, Cempen, Caempen, Caempe, Kempendorf, Kempner, Cempner and many more.

Early Notables of the Kempner family (pre 1700)

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United States Kempner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kempner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Kempner, who arrived in Arkansas in 1873 [1]
  • Isaac Kempner, who landed in Arkansas in 1894 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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