The German surname Kessler is of occupational origin. The name Kessler was an occupational name for a maker of copper cooking vessels, from a derivative of the Middle High German term kezzel meaning “kettle, or cauldron.” Thus the original bearer of the name was a pot or cauldron maker. The name is first recorded in Germany in the 14th Century. Early references to the name in the New World include Maria and Nicol Kessler who emigrated from Bremen, Germany to New York City in 1709. Aa notable bearer of the name was Harry Graf Kessler the Anglo-German Count, writer and Patron of the Arts in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Today there are approximately 30,000 people living in the United States with the last name Kessler.
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