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Early Origins of the Keisler family

The surname Keisler was first found in Austria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Keisler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keisler research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1715, 1710, 1226, 1595, 1676, 1674, 1739, 1814, 1874, 1647 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Keisler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keisler Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Keisler include Kaiser, Kaisser, Kaizer, Kayser, Kaysser, Kayzer, Keiser, Keyser, Keisser, Keizer, Kaisling, Kaissling, Keyserling and many more.

Early Notables of the Keisler family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Keisler were Pieter de Keyser (c.1595-1676), a Dutch Golden Age architect and sculptor; Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739), German composer; and Friedrich Kaiser (1814-1874), the son of an Austrian...
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Keisler Ranking

In the United States, the name Keisler is the 15,463rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Keisler migration to the United States +

Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Keisler or a variant listed above:

Keisler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Keisler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 [2]
Keisler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Herm Friedrich Keisler, who landed in America in 1832 [2]
  • Franz Keisler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Keisler (post 1700) +

  • Randy Dean Keisler (b. 1976), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Peter D. Keisler (b. 1960), American former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Howerd Jerome Keisler (b. 1936), American mathematician

The Keisler Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mit Gott fuer Kaiser und Reich
Motto Translation: With God for emperors and realm

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook