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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.

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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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kissling, Kisslling, Kisslings, Kisslinges, Kissllings, Kisling, Kislinge, Kislinges, Kisslinge, Kiisling, Kiisslings, Kisslinger and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kissinger research. Another 207 words (15 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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kissinger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anna Margaretha Kissinger, who came to New York in 1710
  • Michael Kissinger settled in Lancaster Pennsylvania in 1717
  • Michael Kissinger, who landed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1717
  • Michael Kissinger 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

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  • 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
  • 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


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  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
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The Kissinger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kissinger 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.

This page was last modified on 10 December 2015 at 15:47.

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