Kissinger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kissinger research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1796, and 1834 are included under the topic Early Kissinger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kissinger Spelling Variations

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)

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


United States Kissinger migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • 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
  • Martin Kissinger Gantz (1862-1916), American politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Martin Kissinger Gantz (1862-1916), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Troy, Ohio, 1889; U.S. Representative from Ohio 4th District, 1891-93; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1908 [2]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Walter M. Kissinger, American Machinist's Mate First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [3]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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