Kesler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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."

Early Origins of the Kesler family

The surname Kesler was 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.

Important Dates for the Kesler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kesler research. Another 171 words (12 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Kesler Spelling Variations

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Early Notables of the Kesler family (pre 1700)

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Kesler migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kesler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Jacob Kesler, aged 25, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • John Jacob Kesler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Leonard Kesler, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1763 [1]
  • George Kesler, who arrived in New Jersey in 1763 [1]
  • Abraham Kesler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kesler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Victor Kesler, aged 23, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Martin Kesler, who arrived in New York in 1834 [1]
  • Jacques Kesler, who arrived in New York in 1836 [1]
  • John Kesler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [1]
  • M Kesler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kesler (post 1700)

  • John C. Kesler (b. 1899), American Democrat politician, County Judge in North Carolina, 1939-40; Member of North Carolina State Senate, 1945-48, 1959 [2]
  • E. L. Kesler, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1932 [2]
  • C. C. Kesler, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1916 [2]
  • A. Pratt Kesler, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1952; U.S. Attorney for Utah, 1953-61; Utah State Attorney General, 1961-65 [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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