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Spelling variations of this family name include: Visser, Vissers, Vissere, Vesser, Vessler, Vasser, Vasseur, Fiser and many more.

First found in Holland, 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. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth, and held great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fessler research. Another 293 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1547 is included under the topic Early Fessler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fessler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anna Barbara Fessler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Henrich Fessler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Johann Albrecht Fessler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Johann Albrecht, Fessler Sr., who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Johann Andreas Fessler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753


Fessler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Fessler, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Catharina Friederike Fessler, who arrived in North America in 1847

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  • Rose Marie Fessler, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2008
  • Richard D. Fessler (b. 1943), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 24th District, 1975-82; Member of Michigan State Senate 17th District, 1983-90
  • Jacob A. Fessler, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 6th District, 1940


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  2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  4. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  5. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  10. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
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The Fessler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fessler 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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