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Kessel Surname Meaning

Cornish: variant of Kessell . German: from Middle High German keʒʒel ‘kettle cauldron’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of copper cooking vessels or alternatively a topographic and habitational name from the same word in the sense ‘(ring-shaped) hollow’. Dutch (mainly Van Kessel): habitational name for someone from any of the places so named in the Dutch provinces of North Brabant and Limburg or in the Belgian provinces of Antwerp and Limburg.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Kestel, Kassel, Ressel, Fessel, Kesel, Hessel, Nessel, Wessel, Keitel

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Where is the Kessel family from?

You can see how Kessel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kessel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kessel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 28 Kessel families living in Ontario. This was about 72% of all the recorded Kessel's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Kessel families in 1911.
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What did your Kessel ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Kessel. 100% of Kessel men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Kessel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Kessel. For the veterans among your Kessel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kessel lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Kessel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kessel in 1945 was 42, and 76 in 2004.

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