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

The roots of the distinguished German surname Gesser lie in the region of Bavaria. The name is derived from the German word "Gasse," meaning "street, alley," and denotes someone who lives either on the main road of the village or in an alley.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gasser, Gassier, Gässler, Gassner, Gassur, Gaster, Gesser, Gesner, Gauser, Gausser, Casser, Kasser, Kausser, Kauser, Gassaway, Gasse, Gass, Gess, Gässer, Gässner and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. One of the earliest known bearers of the name was Arnold in der gassen, who was a citizen of Ober-Alpfen in 1266.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gesser research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1569, 1623, 1825, 1866, 1516, 1565, 1691, 1761, 1730, 1788 and 1838 are included under the topic Early Gesser History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gesser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Bernard Gassner, who settled in Louisiana in 1720 with his wife and their two children, Peter Gasser and his wife Magdalena Springer, who came to Pennsylvania in 1738 with their four children, Franziskus Gasser, a Hessian mercenary who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia after fighting in the American Revolution, Casper Gassner, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1743.

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