Stephan Kekule

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Stephan Kekule, ca.1904

Stephan Karl Kekule (since 1895 Kekule von Stradonitz , born May 1, 1863 in Gent , Belgium , † May 5, 1933 in Berlin ) was a German lawyer, private scholar, heraldist and genealogist from the Kekulé von Stradonitz family.

Kekule, a son of the Bonn chemist August Kekule , used an ancestral numbering system in his "pedigree atlas" in 1898 , which was later named after him and is still in use today, the Kekule numbers .


Stephan Kekule was born in Ghent, Belgium, in 1863, where his father was a professor at the time. His mother Stephanie geb. Drory died in childbed two days later. After attending grammar school in Bonn and studying law and history in Bonn and Strasbourg , Kekule initially embarked on a military career and served as an artillery officer in the Prussian army from 1885 to 1889 . In 1889 he left military service and enrolled again as a student at Berlin University , where he stayed until 1892.

He then entered the legal civil service and was a trainee lawyer at the Berlin Court of Appeal . From 1897 to 1905 he represented Prince Georg in the schaumburg-Lippe throne dispute and was appointed chamberlain by him. Kekule turned sharply against the anti-Semitic publication Semi-Gotha , published in 1912 . On January 10, 1920, he was the best man at the marriage between Adolf Fürst zu Schaumburg-Lippe (son of Prince Georg) and Elisabeth Franziska Bischoff-Korthaus. His legal and genealogical reputation helped him in the following years to an extensive expert work for some noble families . The politician Kuno von Westarp commissioned him to refute allegations by political opponents that his family had Jewish ancestors. Kekule finally became a sworn expert for questions of heraldry at the regional court Berlin and expert of the commission of the arsenal of the national museums in Berlin .

Kekule was a foreign member of the academy of non-profit science in Erfurt , treasurer (since 1894), section head (1900–1903) for genealogy and chairman (1923–1933) of the “ Herold ” association, the oldest German genealogist association (founded 1869), first secretary of the Association for Historical Armaments and since 1932 head of Department VI (Genealogy and Heraldry) of the General Association of German History and Antiquity Associations .

Kekule was in front of the Berlin Freemason Lodge, To the Three Lights in the Field , founded in 1896, under the Grand Lodge, To the Three Worlds , and was the chief archivist of the Federal Gazette of this Grand Lodge. He wrote numerous legal and genealogical publications, especially in professional journals dealing with heraldry and nobility law.


  • About titles, offices, grades and salutations in the official Ottoman language. Kaemmerer, Halle 1892 ( digitized )
  • About an appropriate numbering of the ancestors. In: Quarterly magazine for coat of arms, seal and family studies . Herold, Berlin, Vol. 26, pp. 64-72 (1 plate), 1898.
  • Goethe as genealogy. Lecture given in Goethe's jubilee year for the thirty-year foundation festival of the "Herold" association on November 3, 1899. Stargardt, Berlin 1900 ( digitized version )
  • The current status of the Unruh question in the Lippe succession disputes. Stargardt, Berlin 1902 ( digitized version )
  • About the competence of the Prussian herald's office. In: Archive for Public Law , Vol. 18 (1903), pp. 191–213 ( digitized version ). (Also included in Selected Essays , Berlin 1905, see below.)
  • New documents and materials for assessing the right of ebb at Lippe. Sittenfeld, Berlin 1905.
  • On the study of inheritance issues and the degeneration of the Spanish Habsburgs. In: Archiv für Psychiatrie XXXV, Heft 3 (1905), pp. 787–813.
  • Selected essays from the field of constitutional law and genealogy. Heymann, Berlin 1905 ( digitized version )
  • Festschrift for the accession to the throne of His Royal Highness the Duke Carl Eduard of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Heymann, Berlin 1905 ( digitized version )
  • Festschrift for the silver wedding anniversary of His High Prince Highness Prince Georg zu Schaumburg-Lippe and Her Highness Princess Marie Anna zu Schaumburg-Lippe, Duchess of Saxony. Heymann, Berlin 1907 ( digitized version )
  • Family history news about the du Verger de Monroy family (from Monroy). Schwerin: Bear jump 1914.
  • Adolf Matthias Hildebrandt : coat of arms primer. The main rules of heraldic art and gender studies. 12th edition edited, improved and increased by Stephan Kekulé von Stradonitz. Keller, Frankfurt 1923.


Web links


  1. ^ Raimer, Josef A .: Kekule - Kekulé - Kekule von Stradonitz , in: Genealogisches Jahrbuch Volume 10, Zentralstelle für Personen- und Familiengeschichte, Verlag Degener & Co., Neustadt ad Aisch 1970, pp. 47-52.
  2. Also Sosa number after the 1676 published Noticia de la gran Casa de los Marqueses de Villafranca by Jerónimo de Sosa .
  3. cf. his essay: "On Lippe's question of succession to the throne" DJZ 1898, p. 462f .; MPIER - digitized
  4. In the German Reich , 1912, Issue 7–8 (July 1912), p. 372.
  5. Stephan Malinowski: On the classification of an untypical count, in: Larry Eugene Jones, Wolfram Pyta (Ed.): Ich bin der last Preusse , Böhlau, 2006, p. 18