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Origins Available: German, Jewish

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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hesse Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Friedrich Hesse, aged 21, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johannes Hesse, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • David Hesse, who landed in America in 1778
  • Johann Hesse, who landed in America in 1783

Hesse Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Kasemir Hesse, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Arnold Hesse, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Aug Christ Hesse, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Christ Jacob Hesse, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Charles Henry Hesse, who arrived in Maryland in 1838

Hesse Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Carl Jacob Hesse, who landed in Alabama in 1926


  • Eva Hesse (1936-1970), German-born American sculptor
  • Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter
  • Ludwig Otto Hesse (1811-1874), German mathematician, eponym of the Hessian matrix and the Hesse normal form
  • Judith Hesse (b. 1982), German speed-skater at the 2006 Winter Olympics
  • Kai Hesse (b. 1985), German footballer
  • Albert John Hesse (1895-1987), South African entomologist


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