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Where did the German Diesel family come from? What is the German Diesel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Diesel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Diesel family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Diesel, Diesl, Diessel, Diesell, Diessler, Diesslen, Diesslel, Diesler, Dieslel, Dieslen, Dieselle, Dieseller, Diesele and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name Diesel emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region. Since the 13th century the surname was identified with important social and economic advancements which made this territory an important contributor to the development of the great nation of Germany.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Diesel research. Another 122 words(9 lines of text) covering the year 1858 is included under the topic Early Diesel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 28 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Diesel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Diesel Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Fred Diesel, who came to Philadelphia in 1806
  • Andreas Diesel arrived in St. Clare County, Illinois in 1851
  • Andreas Diesel, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1851
  • Martin Diesel came to Philadelphia in 1868

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  • Vin Diesel (b. 1967), American actor, writer, director and producer
  • Juergen Diesel (b. 1926), German Ambassador to Switzerland (1973-77) and Czechoslovakia (1977-82)
  • Rudolph Christian Karl Diesel (1858-1913), German engineer/inventor
  • Johnny Diesel (b. 1966), award-winning Australian musician


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  2. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
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  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  9. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Diesel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Diesel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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