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KESSLER Origin of surname

KESSLER, KESSEL, KESZLER

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name derives from an occupation (also connected with raw material, finished product or implements associated with that trade).

The German term Kessler refers to a "coppersmith", or more specifically to a boilermaker, or kettle maker. In some cases, Kesler as a Jewish family name is derived from the biblical male personal name Yekutiel (Yekusiel), which was often shortened to Kessel. In some cases Kessler is a toponymic (derived from a geographic name of a town, city, region or country). Surnames that are based on place names do not always testify to direct origin from that place, but may indicate an indirect relation between the name-bearer or his ancestors and the place, such as birth place, temporary residence, trade, or family-relatives. This surname is associated with a locality called Kessel in northern Germany. The German suffix "-er" means "of /from".

Distinguished 20th century bearers of names in this group include the Argentinian-born French author, Joseph Elie Kessel, the Lithuanian-born Mexican business executive, George Jasven Kessel; the Polish-born Mexican communal worker, Bella Kessel; the South Africa-born British publisher, David Francis Kessler; and the Russian-born American rabbi, Joseph Kessler.
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KESSLER Origin of surname
KESSLER, KESSEL, KESZLER

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name derives from an occupation (also connected with raw material, finished product or implements associated with that trade).

The German term Kessler refers to a "coppersmith", or more specifically to a boilermaker, or kettle maker. In some cases, Kesler as a Jewish family name is derived from the biblical male personal name Yekutiel (Yekusiel), which was often shortened to Kessel. In some cases Kessler is a toponymic (derived from a geographic name of a town, city, region or country). Surnames that are based on place names do not always testify to direct origin from that place, but may indicate an indirect relation between the name-bearer or his ancestors and the place, such as birth place, temporary residence, trade, or family-relatives. This surname is associated with a locality called Kessel in northern Germany. The German suffix "-er" means "of /from".

Distinguished 20th century bearers of names in this group include the Argentinian-born French author, Joseph Elie Kessel, the Lithuanian-born Mexican business executive, George Jasven Kessel; the Polish-born Mexican communal worker, Bella Kessel; the South Africa-born British publisher, David Francis Kessler; and the Russian-born American rabbi, Joseph Kessler.
Written by researchers of ANU Museum of the Jewish People