Kessler Family History

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Kessler Name Meaning

German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a maker of copper cooking vessels, from an agent derivative of Middle High German kezzel ‘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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Kessler Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kessler name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kessler. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Kessler Family Origin

Where is the Kessler family from?

Kessler Family Occupations

What did your Kessler ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Kessler family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kessler. The most common Kessler occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Kessler's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Kessler ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Kessler Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Kessler Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kessler

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kessler ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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