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Where did the German Kissinger family come from? What is the German Kissinger family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kissinger family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kissinger family history?

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

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.


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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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  9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  10. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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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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