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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.


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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.

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

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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

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  • Charles Joseph Kersten (1902-1972), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 5th District, 1947-49, 1951-55; defeated, 1948, 1954, 1956
  • Alfred Kersten, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 8th District, 1911
  • William C. Kersten (b. 1955), American composer and filmmaker
  • Charles Joseph Kersten (1902-1972), American politician, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
  • 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


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  1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. 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.

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