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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Plesse, Plesses, Plese, Pless, Ples, Plessez, Pleese, Pleesse, Pleess, Pleasse, Please and many more.

First found in Hamburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. Plesse is also connected to several place names in the Holstein region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plesse research. Another 166 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1811 is included under the topic Early Plesse History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Plesse Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Andreas Plesse, who came to Philadelphia in 1752
  • Johan Hinrich Plesse, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754

Plesse Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Dietr Hrch Plesse, who arrived in America in 1849

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  2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
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  6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  9. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Plesse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Plesse 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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