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Kessler Name Meaning

German Dutch (of German origin) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a maker of copper cooking vessels from an agent derivative of Middle High German keʒʒel ‘kettle cauldron’ Middle Dutch ketel modern German Kessel.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Fessler, Keisler, Kissler, Tessler, Kensler, Sessler, Wessler

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Where is the Kessler family from?

You can see how Kessler families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kessler family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kessler families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 55 Kessler families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 51% of all the recorded Kessler's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kessler families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kessler surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kessler ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kessler. 12% of Kessler men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Kessler women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kessler were Clerk and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    12%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 109,000 census records available for the last name Kessler. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kessler census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Kessler. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 36,000 military records available for the last name Kessler. For the veterans among your Kessler ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kessler lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Kessler life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Kessler in 1941 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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