Show ContentsKepner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kepner, which is a local surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslovakia.The name Bohemia comes from the tribe of the Boii, who were settled in this ancient territory. In the 10th century, the ruling Bohemian dukes became Reichsfuersten, or Princes of the German Empire. In 1198, they were crowned Kings of Bohemia and they became subjects and Electors of the Kaiser. In the early 14th century, Prague became the capital of the Empire.

Early Origins of the Kepner family

The surname Kepner was first found in Bohemia, where the name was an integral part of the feudal society which would shape modern European history. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Henrich Keppler (c.1365) and Hensel Kepel (c.1382,) both of Prague.

Early History of the Kepner family

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Kepner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Keppler, Kepler, Kaeppler, Kaepler, Kaeppel, Keppel, Kepel, Kepele, Keppner and many more.

Early Notables of the Kepner family (pre 1700)

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Kepner Ranking

In the United States, the name Kepner is the 18,631st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Kepner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kepner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Kepner, aged 24, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [2]
Kepner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William F Kepner, aged 32, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kepner (post 1700) +

  • Jeff Kepner, American patient who is the first ever recipient of double hand transplant surgery in the United States
  • Hayden Kepner, American lawyer with the law firm Arnall Golden Gregory who proposed the Kepner Income Tax which would collect on a progressive income tax in 2007
  • James Lynn "Jim" Kepner Jr. (1923-1997), American journalist, author, historian, archivist and leader in the gay rights movement
  • Lieutenant-General William Ellsworth Kepner (1893-1982), American Commander-in-Chief of the Alaskan Command, Fort Richardson, Alaska (1950-1953) [3]
  • Samuel A. Kepner, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Ohio County, 1881-82 [4]

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  2. 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)
  3. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) William Kepner. Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook