Where does the name Kemmler come from?

According some heraldic books the name was previously Kembler or Kambler which was the name for an occupation to comb wool.
The first appearance of the name is given with about 1350.

My direct Kemmler line ends with Jacob Kemmler, born around 1590 in Ohmenhausen. The oldest ancestors with the name Kemmler is Johann Kemmler born around 1538 in Wankheim. During my research I found out that  there exist multiple Kemmler lines in Wankheim and in the neighborhood like Jettenburg, Maehringen and Ohmenhausen. As the families have married under each other, most of the Kemmler’s will be connected to multiple
Kemmler lines. This was one of the reasons to spread out with my research to evaluate, how the lines of the neighbor
cities are related to each other and it is very interesting to see, how the descendants flow over the various neighbor

Which variants of spellings do exist?

The normal spelling is Kemmler. However you can find in Germany, France and USA also the typing Kemler,  exceptionally you also find  Kimmler or Kimler.  In Bessarabia the name changed to Kämmler. The children of Sigmund Kemmler, born May 9, 1798 in Wankheim  who emigrated in 1817 to Bessarabia receive the modified spelling of the name.

Where did I find the name Kemmler

Before 1600 I only have the Kemmler only in 3 cities: Wankheim, Gönningen und Ohmenhausen.  50 years later the name can also be found in the neighborhood as in Reutlingen, Betzingen, Jettenburg, Maehringen, Pfrondorf and Dusslingen.  Therefore I would assume that the origin is somewhere within the triangle of the cities Tuebingen, Reutlingen and Goenningen.
The Kemmler line in Ebingen starts around  1720. So far I couldn’t make the connection because I haven’t completely researched the city of Tuebingen.  Further Kemmler hotspots are in Zornheim close to Mainz (around 1720) and in Burghaun nearby Fulda (around 1720).  So far also the connection is missing to the core branches.  The Kemmler seedsman as well as the Kemmler hunter dynasties in Goenningen left their hometown quite normally and so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they settled somewhere and build out a new Kemmler hotspot.
Today you can find the name Kemmler in whole Germany. Due to emigration it does also exist in Switzerland, France, Hungary, Romania, U.S. and Canada.

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Kemmler in Pfullingen are originating from Ohmenhausen

After intensive research in the birth and marriage books of the Protestant Church in Pfullingen I was succesful to find the link of the Kemmler line in Pfullingen with the

Kemmler in Burghaun, Hessen

This year I have finally found some time to intensify my research again. Beside quality checks of my data I have startet a larger project. Already a number of years

Surprising Kemmler discovery in Sondelfingen

When I was looking  up the church records in Sondelfingen I surprisingly found some very old entries for the Kemmler name between 1570 and 1620. But even more surprising was

Distribution of the name Kemmler between 1600 – 1900

Distribution over time I always wanted to visualize how the name Kemmler have spread out over the centuries. With this post I try to give it a shot. In a

The Kemmler Brewery

I was quite surprised when I discovered that there exists or better existed a Kemmler Brewery and a Kemmler beer. I could figure out, that  Johann Georg Kemmler, born Jun

Where are my Kemmler’s from?

My research has started with my hometown Wankheim and the surrounding towns like Maehringen, Jettenburg, Immenhausen, Kusterdingen (the Haerten area), Stockach, Betzingen, Reicheneck, Pfullingen, Ohmenhausen, Bronnweiler, Goenningen, Undingen, Gomaringen, Hinterweiler,

The name Kemmler became Kämmler (Kaemmler)

Sigmund Kemmler, born May 9, 1798 in Wankheim emigrated in 1817 via Reicheneck to Bessarabia. His parents had moved from Wankheim to Reicheneck. In Arzis in Bessarabia he married Anna

Seed traders of Goenningen travelled whole Europe and the US?

Trading with seeds was also a long tradition in Kemmler families. They travelled whole Europe to sell their seeds. Some of the death recordings give a good overview about the

Dr. Klaus Kemmler – Book about his seedsman family

During my research I had the luck to meet Dr. Klaus Kemmler, who has written a book about the history of his own Goenninger seedsman family. The book has the

Emigration paths into the USA

Typical emigration ports The emigration from Wuerttemberg happened mostly via the following ports: Le Havre (France),  Antwerp (Belgium), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Bremen and Hamburg (Germany). The crossing of the Atlantic was

Succesful cooperation confirms Kemmler-branch in Switzerland

Thanks to the succesful cooperation with  Petra Kemmler there is the final confirmation that  Johann Jakob Kemmler, born on  Oct 27, 1842 in Zollikon, Switzerland, was the son of Johann

Robert Eugen Kemmler

During my research I found the emigrant  Robert Eugen Kemmler, born July  6, 1867 in Rudersberg, Germany.  His father was,  Gottlieb Kemmler, was a teacher and originally came from Reicheneck.

Emigration – Overall views

Top 10 Distribution according countries This graph shows the extremely high portion (81%) of emigrants who settled in the U.S. Top 10 distribution according countries – for the name Kemmler

Where did I find the highest density of Kemmler’s?

Naturally it is mathematical hard to say, but after my actual status in my database I can clearly say, Wankheim is no. 1 followed by Goenningen and Ohmenhausen.

The ADR Kemler Code

If you see a truck transporting dangerous goods you may have seen the orange plates indicating the loaded type of dangerous goods. One of this codifications issued by the United

William Kemmler

Very likely the most famous Kemmler is William Kemmler, who was the first man, who was sentenced to death as the first person on the electric chair in Auburn prison,

The Kemmler Piano

This piano was very likely manufactured in London by the piano company of Carl Kemmler, an emigrant from  Pfullingen. His brother Robert Eugen emigrated first to London as well, but

The Kemmler hill in Saxony

The pictures shows the Bismarck tower on top of the Kemmler hill in the city of Plauen, Saxony in the Eastern part of Germany. From the tower you have a  360°