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


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kersten research. Another 244 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1819 is included under the topic Early Kersten History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kersten Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Kersten, who landed in New York, NY in 1782
  • Joh Justus Kersten, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1791

Kersten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Herm Kersten, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1833
  • Herm Kersten, who arrived in America in 1834
  • Jacob Kersten, aged 36, arrived in Missouri in 1844
  • Hermann Kersten, aged 27, landed in Missouri in 1849
  • Emil Kersten, who landed in Arkansas in 1889


  • Charles Joseph Kersten (1902-1972), American politician, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
  • William C. Kersten (b. 1955), American composer and filmmaker
  • Peter Kersten (1958-1980), German bronze medalist rower at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Ben Kersten (b. 1981), Australian gold and silver medalist racing cyclist
  • Gerrit Hendrik Kersten (1882-1948), Dutch Christian minister and politician
  • Mark Raymond Kersten (b. 1950), Australian politician, National Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Council (1995 to 1999)
  • Krystyna Kersten (1931-2008), Polish historian and a professor


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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. 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).
  10. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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The Kersten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kersten 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.

This page was last modified on 29 August 2012 at 08:31.

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