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

The German surname Gonser is derived from the Middle High German word "ganser," which means "gander." Generally it came was a name for people, whose occupation involved raising geese.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gans, Ganss, Ganse, Gansse, Ganz, Ganze, Gantz and many more.

First found in Brunswick, where the name is considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone early development in Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The family name also spread to Thuringia and to East Prussia.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gonser research. Another 188 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1797 and 1839 are included under the topic Early Gonser History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gonser 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: Hendrich Gans, who came to Philadelphia in 1739; Justus Gans arrived in New Jersey in 1755. Berhard Gans came to New York city in 1761; and Mathias Ganz arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1888..

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  10. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
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The Gonser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gonser 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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