Re: The meaning of Kemmer
Several meanings due to variations in spelling (from Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-)
German: habitational name from Kemme near Hildesheim.
German (Kämmerer; South German Kammerer): from Middle High German kamerære ‘chamberlain’ (from kamer(e) ‘chamber’), a status name for the treasurer of a court, a great household, or a city.
*variant spelling of Kämmer (see Kammer 2).
**from a variant of Kammer ‘chamber’, ‘store’, ‘treasury’, hence an occupational name for a chamberlain or treasurer (see Kammerer).
***habitational name for someone from Kemme.
*from Kammer ‘chamber’, ‘storage chamber’, ‘treasury’, hence an occupational name for a chamberlain or treasurer (see Kammerer).
**(Kämmer) occupational name for a comb maker or a wool comber or fuller, from an agent derivative of Middle High German kam(b), kam(me) ‘comb’.
My Kemmer line goes back to Velten Kemmer born in 1626, in Perscheid, not far from Steeg which is a mile from Bacharach on the Rhine.In the records Velten's surname is spelled Kammer with two dots above the "a".When my Kemmer line went to Steeg, apparently they became involved in vineyards and wine making.
I found that the "KEMME" surname that designates people from Kemme, just east of Hildesheim in Lower Saxony or Niedersachsen, Germany.In the early 1500's there was a revolt against the bishop and the town became protestant (wikepedia). My Kemmers were protestant (Lutherans) in Germany and in the USA...so if they were in Kemme, perhaps they went to Perscheid and then to Steeg... On the other hand, if they were shepherds or made wool, then maybe their name is Kammer but if they were treasurers in a high court or wealthy home, then maybe the surname is Kammerer. I theorize they were from Kemme because there is more indication that they were in agriculture since the 1600's and they were protestant Lutherans interested in keeping that faith as indicated by family letters.
If you find out where your Kemmers came from you can come up with a theory and a likely meaning of your surname from one of the explanations above.
Hope the info helps.