The Kesling 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.
Early Origins of the Kesling family
The surname Kesling was 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.
Early History of the Kesling family
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Kesling Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Kissling, Kisslling, Kisslings, Kisslinges, Kissllings, Kisling, Kislinge, Kislinges, Kisslinge, Kiisling, Kiisslings, Kisslinger and many more.
Early Notables of the Kesling family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kesling family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kesling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Henry Kesling, who settled in Philadelphia in 1807
- John Henry Kesling, aged 18, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- T. Kesling, who settled in Baltimore in 1820
Contemporary Notables of the name Kesling (post 1700)
- George Kesling, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html