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

The surname Kimmer is an occupational surname. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old German word "kämmerer," which means "chamberlain." A chamberlain was the person in charge of the noble household; to him would fall the duty of ensuring that the castle and court of the noble ran smoothly. This is a surname of office, a subset of the larger set of occupational names.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kammer, Kamer, Kammere, Kammeres, Kammers, Kammerr, Kammerrs, Kamerrs, Kamerr, Kammerer, Cammer and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name Kammer was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kimmer research. Another 194 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1657, 1810, and 1833 are included under the topic Early Kimmer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kimmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Carl Kammer, who arrived with his family in New York city in 1850; Daniel Kammer, who came to Philadelphia in 1768; Hans Peter Kammer, who took an oath of allegiance to the state of Pennsylvania in 1772.

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  10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
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The Kimmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kimmer 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 14 December 2012 at 11:16.

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