Kessinger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kessinger family

The surname Kessinger was first found in Saxony, where the name Kessinger became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Kessinger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kessinger research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1 Ap and 1880 are included under the topic Early Kessinger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kessinger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kessinger, Kissinger, Kesinger, Kisinger and many more.

Early Notables of the Kessinger family (pre 1700)

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United States Kessinger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kessinger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anthony Kessinger, who settled in Mississippi in 1844
Kessinger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Art Kessinger, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Riverside Bridge" from Swansea, Wales [1]
  • Rachel Dorothy Kessinger, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France [2]
  • William Kessinger, aged 22, arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1920 aboard the ship "Calamares" from Antonio,Kngstn,Crstbl,Limon,Havna,Nassa [3]
  • Arthur Kessinger, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Lake Arline" from Malanzas, Cuba [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kessinger (post 1700) +

  • Robert Keith Kessinger (b. 1967), American former Major League Baseball player who played 11 games for the Cincinnati Reds in 1993
  • Clark Kessinger (1896-1975), American bluegrass old-time fiddler
  • Ted Kessinger (b. 1941), former American football coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010, father of Kent Kessinger
  • Kent Kessinger, American football coach and former player, head football at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas
  • Donald Eulon Kessinger (b. 1942), former American professional baseball player and manager
  • James Edward Kessinger, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Kanawha County, 1965-66 [5]
  • Ira D. Kessinger, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Raleigh County, 1966 [5]
  • David E. Kessinger, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Governor of California, 2003 [5]
  • Bob Kessinger, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Kentucky State House of Representatives 38th District, 1973 [5]
  • Augustus C. Kessinger, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1908 [5]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Kurt Kessinger (1916-1941), German Angestellter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [6]


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HX-42K : 6 December 2014), Art Kessinger, 18 Dec 1920; citing departure port Swansea, Wales, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Riverside Bridge, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Z7-G3V : 6 December 2014), Rachel Dorothy Kessinger, 25 Sep 1920; citing departure port Boulogne-Sur-Mer, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66V-74X : 6 December 2014), William Kessinger, 23 Feb 1920; citing departure port Antonio,Kngstn,Crstbl,Limon,Havna,Nassa, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Calamares, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66V-G68 : 6 December 2014), Arthur Kessinger, 04 Feb 1920; citing departure port Malanzas, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Lake Arline, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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