Kummer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kummer surname comes from the Middle High German "kummer," or "kumber," meaning "grief," "distress," or "trouble;" as such, it may have evolved from a nickname for someone who had suffered a loss or misfortune. "Kummer" is also slang word for a penitentiary, and it is possible that in some instances the surname may have arisen as nickname for a prisoner or jailer. There are also places named Kummer in Germany.

Early Origins of the Kummer family

The surname Kummer was first found in Augsburg, an imperial free city in Southern Germany, where an Ulrich Chumber was found in 1288.

Early History of the Kummer family

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Kummer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kummer, Kummerling, Kummerle, Kimmerle and many more.

Early Notables of the Kummer family (pre 1700)

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Kummer Ranking

In the United States, the name Kummer is the 13,022nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Kummer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kummer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Kummer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Michael Kummer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [2]
Kummer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel William Kummer, aged 12, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 [2]
  • John Christ Kummer, aged 33, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [2]
  • John Dan Kummer, aged 31, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 [2]
  • John F Kummer, aged 4, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [2]
  • John Geo Kummer, aged 16, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kummer (post 1700) +

  • Clarence Kummer (1899-1930), American jockey, member of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame
  • William A. Kummer, American Democratic Party politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 15th District, 1955-58 [3]
  • Jacob Kummer, American politician, Postmaster at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1841-45 [3]
  • Edward H. Kummer, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hamden [3]
  • Adolph Kummer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1924 [3]
  • Mario Kummer (b. 1962), German, track and road racing cyclist, a gold medal winner at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea
  • Paul Kummer (1834-1912), German, priest, teacher, and scientist known for his taxonomy of fungi
  • Ernst Eduard Kummer (1810-1893), German mathematician

Bismarck
  • Franz Kummer (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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