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

The surname Hesson is derived from the Germanic tribe of the Hessians.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hess, Hesse, Esse, Hessel, Hesselin, Hesso, Hesler and many more.

First found in Austria, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hesson research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1416, 1584, 1764, 1790, 1791 and 1854 are included under the topic Early Hesson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hesson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Denis Hesson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877
  • Dennis Hesson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877

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  • Mike Hesson (b. 1974), New Zealand current head coach of the New Zealand National cricket team, former coach of the Argentine National cricket team
  • Samuel Rollin Hesson (1829-1915), Irish-born, Canadian merchant and politician in Ontario who represented Perth North in the Canadian House of Commons (1878 to 1891)


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  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  3. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  5. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Hesson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hesson 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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