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

The Keesler surname derives from the Old High German word "kisil," meaning "pebble," or "gravel." The name may have been a topographic name for someone who lived in an area of pebbles or gravel; or it may have evolved from any of several places named with this word.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kissling, Kisslling, Kisslings, Kisslinges, Kissllings, Kisling, Kislinge, Kislinges, Kisslinge, Kiisling, Kiisslings, Kisslinger and many more.

First found in Saxony, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keesler research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1796, and 1834 are included under the topic Early Keesler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Keesler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anna Margaretha Kissinger, who came to New York in 1710; John Henry Kesling, who came to Philadelphia in 1807; T. Kesling, who settled in Baltimore in 1820.

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The Keesler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keesler 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.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:38.

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