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

The name Eisner originated in the German speaking Austrian Empire, which was primarily located in the Danube River Basin. Surnames that identified the bearer by occupation, like Eisner, became common in Germany after the 12th century. Eisner is a name for a person who was a iron worker or iron seller.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Eisner include Eisner, Aisner, Eissner, Aissner, Eisener, Eisnert, Eisen, Aisener, Isener, Isner, Issner and many more.

First found in Austria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The family would later emerge as nobility with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Ancient chronicles first mention one "Walther der Isiner" in the year 1272.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eisner research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1641, 1706, 1712, 1773, and 1867 are included under the topic Early Eisner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eisner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Eisner were

Eisner Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Carel Eisner, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1732

Eisner Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles S Eisner, aged 22, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • August Eisner, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1851
  • Moritz Eisner came to Philadelphia in 1873

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  • William "Will" Eisner (b. 1917), American illustrator
  • Lotte H Eisner (1896-1983), German writer
  • Kurt Eisner (1867-1919), German journalist
  • Elliot W Eisner, Professor of Art and Education at Stanford University
  • Michael Eisner (b. 1942), former head of The Walt Disney Company
  • Kurt Eisner (1867-1919), writer and politician, socialist president of Bavaria in 1919


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