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The surname Fessler was 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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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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    Other References

    1. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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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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