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Kiessling Coat of Arms / Kiessling Family Crest

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This German surname of KIESSLING is of uncertain origin. It appears to be from KIESELN, to hail (from the Middle German kisel, pebble, gravel, hailstone). However, it is possible that as the surname is found mainly in Saxony and Silesia, it was perhaps an alteration of some unidentified Slavonic name. The name is also spelt KIES, KIESOW, KIESLING, KIESSE, KISSWETTER and KUSSEWETTER. Surnames are divided into four categories, from occupations, nicknames, baptismal and locational. All the main types of these are found in German-speaking areas, and names derived from occupations and from nicknames are particularly common. A number of these are Jewish. Patronymic surnames are derived from vernacular Germanic given names, often honouring Christian saints. Regional and ethnic names are also common. The German preposition 'von (from) or 'of', used with habitation names, is taken as a mark of aristocracy, and usually denoted proprietorship of the village or estate from where they came. Some members of the nobility affected the form VON UND ZU with their titles. In eastern Germany there was a heavy influence both from and on neighbouring Slavonic languages. Many Prussian surnames are of Slavonic origin. A notable member of the name was Paul Philemon KIES, born 17th February, 1891, in Highland, Illinois. He was an Educator, and his appointments included Instructor to Professor of English at Washington State University, and he was contributor to numerous articles to scholarly journals. Another noteworthy member of the name was Richard Lorin KIESLING, born 20th November, 1922 in Rockford, Illinois. He was an Educator, and his appointments included Assistant Professor to Associate Professor at Michigan State University, and Professor and Head of Department of Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University. He contributed to numerous professional journals. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.

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