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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch : from an old spelling of keizer ‘emperor’, ‘czar’; either as a nickname or as the title of the head of a sharpshooting club.
  • German (Kyser) : occupational name for an inspector of food, wine, etc., from Middle High German kiesen ‘to choose’, ‘test’, or ‘inspect’.
  • Jewish : Americanized spelling of Kaiser 2.

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