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The name Keisler is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who behaved in an imperious manner or it may have also referred to someone who played the part of an emperor in a pageant or play. Keisler is derived from the German word kaiser, which means emperor. This was originally derived from the German word keiser, which in turn came from the Old German word keisar; these both were derived from the Latin imperial title Caesar, which was originally a family name. The most famous members of this family are the great Roman general and statesman Julius Caesar and his adopted son Augustus Caesar, who was the first Roman Emperor. The German title Kaiser was used by the Holy Roman Emperors from Otto I, who ascended the throne in 962 to Francis II, who relinquished the title in 1806. The surname Keisler was often brought to England by German settlers, many of whom were imported as laborers following the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Keisler Early Origins



The surname Keisler was first found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Keisler Spelling Variations


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Keisler Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Keisler have been found, including Kaiser, Kaeser, Kaser, Keiser, Keaser, Kesser, Keysar, Keyser, Cayser and many more.

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Keisler Early History


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Keisler Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keisler research. Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1273, 1663, 1670, and 1739 are included under the topic Early Keisler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keisler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keisler Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Keisler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keisler In Ireland


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Keisler In Ireland



Some of the Keisler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Keisler surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Keisler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Keisler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761

Keisler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Herm Friedrich Keisler, who landed in America in 1832
  • Franz Keisler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keisler (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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