From Kriesel come the names Kusel, Küsel, Kußel, Kusell, Kuesel, Küssel, Kussel, Kuessel and one definition for Kusel is whirlwind. Kusel is a Plattdeutsches name - Kriesel and Wirbel are found together in my German Word book in the Küsel word section and Wirbel means whirl.
My dad, grandmother Kusel and other Plattdeutches speaking people around Manning, Iowa used Kusel to describe the whirlwind they would see out in the field. The only thing is they pronounced it slightly different but they were saying Kusel and didn't realize they were using the Kusel name to describe a whirlwind. This was passed on from my original Kusel ancestors who came over from Germany.
I also believe that Cusel, Cussel & Cussell may come from the same background.
From what I've been told Napoleon changed the spelling of lots of names and he changed Kusel to Cusel.
The southern town of Kusel, Germany was spelled Cusel at one time as this old Prussian map shows. Cusel (you will find Cusel -- now Kusel, Germany at the bottom of the map to the lower right of an area called Oldenburg).

In 1995, Bienca Kusel (a German foreign exchange student in Audubon, Iowa) gave me some information about the Kusel name. She said that Kreisel was the original spelling.

Kreis [definition: means circle (to turn around)], and with the el [definition: means to turn around fast]. Hence Kusel means whirlwind

(Famous Kusels in History)
Otto Kusel (Auschwitz prisoner)
August F. Kusel (US Civil War Veteran)
Melchior Küsel Famous German Painter -- 1626 - 1683

Emmigrations of Kusels to America

Making the Kusel connection in the Seedorf, Germany church records

Below are links to over views of Kusel families from around the world.
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Frank Kusel
Dave Kusel
Georg Heinrich Kusel
Kristina Schulz
Christoph Kusel
Mary Yamada
Abraham Julius Kusel
Robert Goodman
Johann Jurgen Kusel
Shirley (Deahn) Hermstad
Charles Kusel
Walter Kusel
Johann Gotlieb Kusel
Peter Kusel (Germany)
Carl Charles Kusel
Molly Kusel
Mary Kusel
Dave Kusel
Sophia Kusel
Dave Kusel
Johann August Friedrich Kusel
Dave Kusel
Heinz Küsel web page
Heinz Küsel (South Africa)
Heinrich Fritz August Küsel
Henrique Küsel (Brazil)
Lutje Kusel
Gillian Kendrigan (Australia)
Andreas Küsel
Dave Kusel
Julius Kuessel
Rosemary Schmitz

Interesting German names

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