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

The name Dressler derives from a few different sources. In some instances, it was a local surname, derived from a place named Dreshcer in the region of Thuringia. In the Holy Roman Empire, hereditary surnames derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Dressler was also an occupational surname derived from the word German word "drescher," which denotes a thresher of grain. As surnames began to be used, many adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Drescher, Dresch, Dresche, Dresher, Dresh, Dreshe, Dresher and many more.

First found in Thuringia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dressler research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1533, 1580 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Dressler History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dressler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dressler Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Peter Dressler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Johan Geo Dressler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Sophia M Dressler, who landed in New York, NY in 1749
  • Mr. Dressler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750-1761
  • Andreas Dressler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752

Dressler Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Nikolaus Dressler, who landed in America in 1854
  • Phillip Dressler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867
  • Barnard Dressler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876


  • Robert Alan Dressler (b. 1954), former American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Marie Dressler (1868-1934), born Leila Marie Koerber, Canadian-born, American actress and Depression-era film star
  • Alan Michael Dressler (b. 1948), American astronomer
  • Douglas J. Dressler (b. 1948), former professional American football player
  • Robert A. Dressler (b. 1945), American lawyer and politician, Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1982-1986)
  • Gallus Dressler (1533-1580), German composer and music theorist
  • Sören Dressler (b. 1975), German footballer
  • Erich Dressler, German bronze medalist luger at the 1929 European luge championships in Semmering, Austria
  • Romas Dressler (b. 1987), German footballer
  • Willy Oskar Dressler (1876-1954), German writer on art and interior decoration



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The Dressler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dressler 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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