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The surname Kessler 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."

Kessler Early Origins



The surname Kessler 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.

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Kessler Spelling Variations


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Kessler Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Kessler, Kessller, Kesler, Kesller, Kesseler, Kesseller, Keseler, Keseller, Kaessler, Kaesler, Kaeseler, Kaesseler, Cessler, Cessller, Cesler, Cesller, Cesseler, Cesseller, Ceseler, Ceseller, Caessler, Caesler, Caeseler and many more.

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Kessler Early History


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Kessler Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kessler research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1571, 1765, and 1803 are included under the topic Early Kessler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kessler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kessler Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kessler 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kessler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Kessler, who arrived in New York City between 1709-10
  • Maria and Nicol Kessler arrived in New York between 1709-10
  • Frans Niklaas Kessler, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Johann Kessler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Johannes Kessler, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kessler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catharina Kessler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Andreas Kessler, aged 42, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Joseph Kessler, who landed in Ohio in 1824
  • Karl Kessler, who arrived in North America in 1827
  • Philip Baltzer Kessler, who landed in Maryland in 1828
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kessler (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kessler (post 1700)



  • Tommy Kessler, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 1st District, 1996
  • Stephanie Kessler, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1996
  • Shirley Kessler, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • Rita Kessler, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988
  • Samuel I. Kessler, American Democrat politician, Chair of Essex County Democratic Party, 1927; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1928, 1932, 1940
  • Richard H. Kessler, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Tuckahoe, New York, 1957
  • Philip J. Kessler, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1956
  • Otto E. Kessler, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Nitro, West Virginia, 1929-34
  • Melvin Ray Kessler, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 27th District, 2010
  • Kurt R. Kessler, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State Board of Education 4th District, 2002
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Kessler Historic Events


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Kessler Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George A. Kessler, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible

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Suggested Readings for the name Kessler


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Suggested Readings for the name Kessler



  • Abraham Kesler (also Kessler), 1809-1891 by Richard W. Tobin.

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Kessler Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    2. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    3. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    6. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    11. ...

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