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

The ancestral home of the Walser family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Walser is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a man who was a young ruler.

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Walser include Walser, Walzer, Walsser, Walleser, Walsen, Waltz, Waltzer, Walss, Waelser, Waelzer, Waelsser, Waelleser and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name Walser made a great early contribution to the feudal society of early Europe. The name Walser became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walser research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the year 1661 is included under the topic Early Walser History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Walser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Walser surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Walser Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Mary Walser, who came to Virginia in 1635

Walser Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Anna Walser, who came to Georgia sometime between 1733 and 1783
  • Andreas Walser, who came to Georgia sometime between 1733 and 1783
  • Casper Walser, who came to Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Casper Walser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Casper Walser came to Philadelphia in 1749

Walser Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Benedict Walser, who arrived in America in 1849
  • Josef Walser, who arrived in Illinois in 1854
  • Joseph A Walser, who landed in New York in 1867
  • Konrad Walser, who arrived in Illinois in 1871
  • Konrad Walser and his brother, Ottmar, settled in Illinois in 1871


Walser Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Adeline Walser, who came to Illinois in 1928

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  • Donald Ray Walser (1934-2006), American country music singer
  • Robert Walser (1878-1956), German-speaking Swiss writer
  • Martin Walser (b. 1927), German novelist, satirist, and playwright of the post-war period
  • Derrick Walser (b. 1978), Canadian ice hockey defenseman


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