Kerst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kerst family

The surname Kerst was first found in Austria, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation.

Early History of the Kerst family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerst research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1819 is included under the topic Early Kerst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kerst Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Karstens, Karsten, Carsten, Carstens, Kersten, Kaersten, Kaerstens, Kerstens, Kirsten, Kirstens, Karst (short form), Kerst, Karsthens, Karsthen, Carsthen, Carsthens, Kersthen, Kaersthen, Kaersthens, Kersthens, Kirsthen, Kirsthens, Karsth (short form), Kersth and many more.

Early Notables of the Kerst family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kerst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kerst family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Casper Carsten, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania between 1683-1710. Johan Heinrich Carstens settled in Germantown in 1709. Johann Jacob Karst landed in Philadelphia in 1733.


Contemporary Notables of the name Kerst (post 1700) +

  • Donald William Kerst (1911-1993), American physicist, recipient of numerous awards
  • Alexander Kerst (1924-2010), Austrian television actor


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