Kissel Family History

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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

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Kissel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kissel name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kissel. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Baltic States


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Kissel Family Origin

Where is the Kissel family from?

Kissel Family Occupations

What did your Kissel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Kissel family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kissel. The most common Kissel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Kissel's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Kissel Historical Records

What Kissel family records will you find?

Census Record

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.

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Passenger List

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

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.

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Kissel Life Expectancy

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

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kissel 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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