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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. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  3. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  7. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  8. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  9. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  10. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. 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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