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The proud Kessel family originated in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Kessel family originally lived in the county of Cornwall, in the village of Kestell.

Kessel Early Origins



The surname Kessel was first found in Cornwall, where the family are known to have been resident at Kestell, in the parish of Egoshayle from the time of King John till the year 1737. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Now known as Kestle and Kestle Mill, these hamlets are just south of Quintrell Downs.

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Kessel Spelling Variations


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Kessel Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Kestle, Kestell, Kestel, Kestelle, Kessel, Kessal and many more.

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Kessel Early History


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Kessel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kessel research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1216, 1737, 1272, 1307 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Kessel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kessel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kessel Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kessel Notables 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



A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Kessel:

Kessel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Kessel, aged 17, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Geo Kessel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1767

Kessel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J F Kessel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Carl Kessel, who settled in New York, NY sometime between 1849 and 1851
  • Simon Kessel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • Valent Kessel, aged 5, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Henry Kessel, aged 50, landed in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kessel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Kessel, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kessel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kessel (post 1700)



  • Oliver Dennis Kessel (1901-1992), American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 4th District, 1938; Chair of Jackson County Republican Party, 1942-50
  • Joseph William Kessel (b. 1925), American Republican politician, Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; school teacher; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Mineral County, 1955-60
  • John F. Kessel (b. 1890), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Saginaw County 1st District, 1937-38
  • Archie Kessel, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • Phil Kessel (b. 1987), American professional ice hockey player
  • John Kessel (b. 1950), American science fiction and fantasy author
  • Barney Kessel (1923-2004), American jazz guitarist perhaps best known as a member of the group of session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew
  • Philip Joseph Kessel Jr. (b. 1987), American professional NHL ice hockey forward
  • Jean-Jacques Kessel, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Loris Kessel (b. 1950), Swiss racing driver

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  11. ...

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

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