History of your Surname
Get access to Kissel family records.Start a free trial

Kissel Family History

Kissel Name Meaning

German: from a pet form of the Germanic personal name Gisulf. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Kusel.

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

Similar surnames: Missel, Kishel, Gissel, Kiesel, Kessel, Kissell, Kisiel, Nissen

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Kissel family from?

You can see how Kissel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kissel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kissel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 16 Kissel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 94% of all the recorded Kissel's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kissel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kissel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kissel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kissel. 19% of Kissel men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Kissel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kissel were Clerk and Teacher.

View Census data for Kissel | Data not to scale

*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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Seamstress
  • Teacher
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Kissel family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Kissel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kissel census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Kissel

Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Kissel. 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.

View all Kissel immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Kissel. For the veterans among your Kissel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Kissel military records

You've only scratched the surface of Kissel family history.

Discover More

What is the average Kissel lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Kissel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kissel in 1943 was 46, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kissel

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Kissel family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial