Kessner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Kessner 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 Kessner family

The surname Kessner 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 Kessner family

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Kessner 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.

Early Notables of the Kessner family (pre 1700)

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United States Kessner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kessner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abram Kessner, aged 21, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
Kessner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh Fr Kessner, aged 22, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kessner (post 1700) +

  • Michelle Kessner (b. 1982), American producer from Brooklyn, New York, known for Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas (2012), Caesar and Otto Meet Dracula's Lawyer (2010) and Produce Your Own Damn Movie! (2011)
  • Eric Kessner, American actor, known for The Streets of San Francisco and Tabitha (1976)
  • Thomas Kessner, American historian and author, a Distinguished Professor at City University of New York
  • Rose Kessner (b. 1876), German actress, known for Sorority Blues (1935), Sleepless Hollow (1936) and Krazi-Inventions (1936)
  • Ian Kessner, Canadian writer and producer, born in Montreal, Quebec, known for Lost After Dark (2015), The Puzzle (1998) and Twisted Puppet Theater (1996)


  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)


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