We continue to search for the origins of the Kiemle family name and its meaning. Below you will find a few thoughts on the subject which represent our best ideas.
From Max Kiemle
Maybe from Middle High German "kîme" (germ, seed, sprout à german: Keim), so the first person named Kiemle was maybe a farmer (?) Kîme à Kyme à (Swabian suffix -lein; -lin; -len; -le) Kymlin à Kiemlin/Kümlin à Kiemlen à Kiemle à Kemle Note: "-lin", "-lein", "-len" was pronounced like "-le" In Swabia (Schwaben, in Baden-Württemberg) it's usual, for instance: "Am Haus steht ein Baum." à "Am Häusle steht a Bäumle." Sometimes you can see "mb" like "Kümblin". That's typical for the 16th, 17th century, but the "b" wasn't pronounced, so it disappeared in the 18th century.
From Siegfried Kiemle
I asked my father (died 23.3.1985) about the origin of the Kiemle's in Germany prior to 1517 and the meaning of "Kiemle". He related that the Kiemle name went back to Roman days, when the country was inhabited by numerous tribes. The original Roman word "Chiem", I was told meant "seed". (There is a Lake Chiem in Baden-Wuerttemberg!) This name was assigned to a tribe of "peaceful" farmers who grew crops from seed. I was also told - that perhaps they just lived around Lake Chiem - which may mean seed. One of the Black Forest tribes, the Cherusci, under their Roman trained prince, Arminius, drove the Roman invaders permanently back to the Rhine in the great battle of the Teutoberg Forest in 9A.D. (see Prince Valiant comics). My father allies us with the Allemande tribe which was also involved in this battle.
German history proper (as it concerns the “Chiem” (Kiemle) clan, began with the Treaty of Verdun in 843 when Charlemagne’s (also known as Carl the Great 768-814) grandsons partitioned Charlemagne’s empire. The German lands east of the Rhine went to "Lewis" where at German prince (Lewis?) ruled the German speaking tribes, including the “Chiems” or Kiemle's.*
*Mitchell, Edwin Valentine, editor The Lincoln Library of Essential Information. The Frontier Press Company, Buffalo, New York, 1951, pages 479-482.
From David Kemle
Professor Josef Karlmann Brechenmacher. Etymological dictionary of German family names Second from the baseline, new integrated edition of German family names"(page 5-9 of the Clan's books) Delivery 1-10 first volume = 1957-1960 (2 Volumes A-J & K-Z) C.A.STARKE, PUBLISHER, LIMBURG on the LAHN, founded in 1847 in Görlitz 1877-1960 Professor Josef Carloman Brechenmacher Top Research Director i. R. Honorary Freeman of the county town of Saulgau. Honorary Senator of the University of Tübingen
I found no Kemle's, David Kemle For Kiemle he has: Kiem, Kiem(e)Le(n), undiphthongierte Form from Keim, s. d. 1499 Hans Kiemlin B. to Weilderstadt: WR. No.14.849. S18 Ma, B5 Nr = number s.d.. =? SD. = see this article B = burgers = WR = documents and act end Kgl. House & State archives. (Württ.Regesten). Stuttgart1916-1941 S = ? Ma =? B5 =?
Professor Josef Karlmann Brechenmacher. Etymologisches Wörterbuch der Deutschen Familiennamen
Zweite von Grund auf neugearbeitete Auflage der Deutschen Sippennamen" (Bande 5-9 der Sippenbücheei) Lieferung 1-10 = Erster Band = 1957-1960 (2 Volumes A-J & K-Z) C.A.STARKE VERLAG, LIMBURG a.d. LAHN Begründet in Görlitz 1847 1877 - 1960 Professor Josef Karlmann Brechenmacher Obenstudiendirektor i. R. Ehrenburger der Kreisstadt Saulgau . Ehrensenator der Universität Tübingen No Kemle’s For Kiemle he has: Kiem, Kiem(e)le(n), undiphthongierte Form von Keim, s. d. 1499 Hans Kiemlin B. zu Weilderstadt: WR. Nr. 14.849. S18, Ma, B5 Nr = number s.d. = ? sd. = siehe diesen Artikel B = Burger WR = Urkunden u. Aktendes Kgl. Haus = u. Staatsarchivs. (Württ.Regesten). Stuttgart1916-1941 S = ? Ma = ? B5 = ?
Johann Heinrich Barth
Johann Heinrich Barth, "Genealogische-Etymologisches Lexikon-Band 1 Deutsch", ISBN 3-937504-15-X. Currently under investigation.