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Where did the German Kesler family come from? What is the German Kesler family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kesler family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kesler family history?

The surname Kesler is a metonymic surname; it is derived from the principle object associated with the occupation of the original holder. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the German word "kezzel," which in turn comes from the Old German word "kezzil," which means "kettle" or "cauldron."

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First found in Hessen and the Rhineland, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was sought by the princes of the region. Chronicles first mention Erbo Kesseler of Strasbourg in 1261, and Hans Kesseler of Breslau, Silesia, in 1384.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kesler research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1571, 1765, and 1803 are included under the topic Early Kesler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kesler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kesler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Jacob Kesler, aged 25, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • John Jacob Kesler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Leonard Kesler, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1763
  • George Kesler, who arrived in New Jersey in 1763
  • Abraham Kesler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765


Kesler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Victor Kesler, aged 23, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Martin Kesler, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • Jacques Kesler, who arrived in New York in 1836
  • John Kesler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • M Kesler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

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The Kesler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kesler Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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