Discovery and name
The peak was mapped by the United States Geological Survey from surveys and U.S. Navy air photos collected during the years 1960–63. Kessens Peak was named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names in honor of Gerard R. Kessens of U.S. Navy Squadron VX-6. Kessens served as a photographer during Operation Deep Freeze in 1966 and 1967.
On 13 November 2017, Tyler Koenig was granted the peerage title Count of Kessens.