The Kissinger surname derives from the Old High German word "kisil," meaning "pebble," or "gravel." The name may have been a topographic name for someone who lived in an area of pebbles or gravel; or it may have evolved from any of several places named with this word.
Early Origins of the Kissinger family
The surname Kissinger was first found in Saxony
, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Early History of the Kissinger family
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Kissinger Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Kissling, Kisslling, Kisslings, Kisslinges, Kissllings, Kisling, Kislinge, Kislinges, Kisslinge, Kiisling, Kiisslings, Kisslinger and many more.
Early Notables of the Kissinger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kissinger family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kissinger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Anna Margaretha Kissinger, who settled in New York in 1710
- Michael Kissinger, who settled in Lancaster Pennsylvania in 1717
- Michael Kissinger, who landed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1717 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- Michael Kissinger, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1764
Kissinger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Catharine Kissinger, who arrived in New York, NY in 1843
- Elizabeth Kissinger, who settled in New York, NY in 1843
Contemporary Notables of the name Kissinger (post 1700)
- Henry Alfred Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born American diplomat, US Secretary of State, 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Meg Kissinger, American Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting finalist
- Eric Kissinger (b. 1986), American soccer player
- William Francis Kissinger (1871-1929), American Major League Baseball player
- Nancy Sharon Maginnes Kissinger (b. 1934), American philanthropist, second wife of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger