Kessler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Kessler family

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.

Early History of the Kessler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kessler research. Another 171 words (12 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.

Kessler Spelling Variations

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Early Notables of the Kessler family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kessler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kessler migration to the United States +

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, who arrived in New York between 1709-10
  • Frans Niklaas Kessler, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Johann Kessler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1709 [1]
  • Johannes Kessler, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Andreas Kessler, aged 42, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Joseph Kessler, who landed in Ohio in 1824 [1]
  • Karl Kessler, who arrived in North America in 1827 [1]
  • Philip Baltzer Kessler, who landed in Maryland in 1828 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kessler (post 1700) +

  • Major-General Alfred August Jr. Kessler (1898-1956), American Commanding General 4th Air Force (1952-1955) [2]
  • David Kessler (b. 1951), American commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in 1990, appointed by President George Bush and reappointed again in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, and in 1997 he became dean of the Yale University School of Medicine
  • Karl G Kessler (1919-1997), American physicist and president of the Optical Society of America
  • Glenn Kessler (b. 1970), American screenwriter and television producer
  • Private First Class Patrick L Kessler (1922-1944), American Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Bob Kessler, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, 2001 [3]
  • August Kessler, American politician, Representative from New York 19th District, 1888 [3]
  • Antony Kessler, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1884 [3]
  • Ann Kessler, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980, 1984, 1988 [3]
  • Alan Kessler, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996, 2000; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 2000 [3]
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [4]


Suggested Readings for the name Kessler +

  • 1047 Abraham Kesler (also Kessler), 1809-1891 by Richard W. Tobin.

  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. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Alfred Kessler. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Kessler/Alfred_August_Jr./USA.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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