Kersten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kersten family

The surname Kersten 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 Kersten family

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

Kersten 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 Kersten family (pre 1700)

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


United States Kersten migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Joh Justus Kersten, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1791 [1]
Kersten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh Herm Kersten, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1833 [1]
  • Herm Kersten, who arrived in America in 1834 [1]
  • Jacob Kersten, aged 36, who arrived in Missouri in 1844 [1]
  • Hermann Kersten, aged 27, who landed in Missouri in 1849 [1]
  • Emil Kersten, who landed in Arkansas in 1889 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kersten (post 1700) +

  • William C. Kersten (b. 1955), American composer and filmmaker
  • Charles Joseph Kersten (1902-1972), American politician, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
  • Charles Joseph Kersten (1902-1972), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 5th District, 1947-49, 1951-55; defeated, 1948, 1954, 1956 [2]
  • Alfred Kersten, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 8th District, 1911 [2]
  • Peter Kersten (1958-1980), German bronze medalist rower at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Krystyna Kersten (1931-2008), Polish historian and a professor
  • Mark Raymond Kersten (b. 1950), Australian politician, National Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Council (1995 to 1999)
  • Gerrit Hendrik Kersten (1882-1948), Dutch Christian minister and politician
  • Ben Kersten (b. 1981), Australian gold and silver medalist racing cyclist


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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