Maximilian Kiemle has found that, according to Wolfgang Schütz, Director of the Weil der Stadt Museum, the earliest Kiemle family members came from Weil der Stadt, Germany. Today there are two lines of the Kiemle family. One is Evangelical and the other Catholic. So far we have been unable to connect the two lines. The history of Weil der Stadt is really interesting and gives hope of doing so.
In the last days of the thirty years war, on 18 October 1648, the city was reduced to rubble and ashes. Later in 1803 its Imperial immediacy ended. This Imperial immediacy was a privileged feudal and political status which the imperial city of Weil der Stadt attained within the Holy Roman Empire. Weil der Stadt was under the direct authority of the Holy Roman Emperor and the Imperial Diet, without any intermediary lord(s). In modern terms, it would be understood as a form of sovereignty. So apparently the earliest Kiemles lived in this 'sovereign city'. (from Wikipedia 3-4-2012 by David)
Their best known citizen was Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), the famous astronomer who described mathematically the movements of the planets in our solar system (Kepler's laws).
The city offers a very detailed description of its history. On their website (www.weil-der-stadt.de) see "Stadt und Geschichte", then "Die Geschichte der Stadt". Then on this page click on "Zeittafel zur Stadtgeschichte" and you will get a very detailed list of historical milestones of the city.
Relating to the question of evangelical or catholic Kiemle families, we have the following events: 1481 Reformation of the Augustin Monastery by the saxonian monk Andreas Proles 1499 Birth of Reformator Johannes Brenz 1522 Beginning of the Reformation in the city 1526 Strong Lutheran party in the city 1534 Catholic counter movement 1573 Counter-reformation
Later on, Weil-der-Stadt returned to catholicism, Protestants became a minority.
Records from the Stadtarchiv Weil der Stadt by Lothar Sigloch email, 5 July 2012. 1503: Matheus (Mathäus) Kemlin, Doc.Nr. 32, the earliest Kiemle found by Lothar. 1533: Hans Kiemlin (as above), Goldschmied (source: Lagerbuch St. Peter 1533). 1534: Hans Kiemlin, (source: Spital-Lagerbuch 1534). 1534: Jacob Kiemlin, (source: Spital-Lagerbuch 1534). 1534: Martin Kiemlin, (source: Spital-Lagerbuch 1534). 1539: Hans Kiemlin, Bürger zu Weil. 1545: Hans Kemlin, Bürger (perhaps the same as above). 1620: Mattes Kienlin, Bürger und Schmied. No date: Hans Kiemlin, Pfleger der Pfarrkirche. Lothar found no connecting relationship between these Kiemles above. Lothar found no connecting relationship between 16th century Kiemlins and 17th or 18th century Kiemlins. Some connecting relationships may be found in the church books of the Catholic Church in the 17th & 18th century beginning with Jakob Kiemle below. Jakob Kiemle, born ca 1620 Josef Anton Kiemle, born 9 May 1735, died 15 February 1783, the latest Kiemle in Weil der Stadt. Added by David Kemle 9 July 2012.
EARLY GERMAN NAMING
With the wide variety of family name spellings, how do we know these are early Kiemle-Kemle famliy members?
Most people back in the 1400s and perhaps the 1500s and 1600s could not read or write even their name. This was left to the church priests who were also the teachers, in many cases for years. We have found in reading many church records that there are often different spellings for the same name. Not only the Kiemle name but other names as well.
"le" is a common diminutive surname suffix in Baden. This is according to the German English Genealogical Dictionary by Ernest Thode.
"e" is a central German surname suffix. This is also according to the German English Genealogical Dictionary by Ernest Thode.
"in" is a suffix added to the surname for women. We have often found in our research that "in" is added to the surname when the total name for a child is given. Thus Kiemlin and even Kiemlein are quite common in church records.