Kessel Family History

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Kessel Name Meaning

English: variant of Kestel. German: from Middle High German kezzel ‘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 and Belgian: habitational name from any of the places so named in the Belgian provinces of Antwerp and Limburg or the Dutch province of North Brabant.

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

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

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Kessel Family Origin

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Kessel Family Occupations

What did your Kessel ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Stone Mason, Baker and Baker Employing 1 Man & 1 Woman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kessel. A less common occupation for the Kessel family was China Clay Labourer. The most common Kessel occupation in the UK was Stone Mason. 12% of Kessel's were Stone Masons.

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  • Stone Mason

  • Baker

  • Baker Employing 1 Man & 1 Woman

  • China Clay Labourer


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Kessel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Kessel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kessel 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Kessel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Kessel Life Expectancy

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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