Wesel Surname History

Early Origins of the Wesel family

The surname Wesel was first found in East Prussia, where the name Wessel came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.

Early History of the Wesel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wesel research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1489, 1720, and 1767 are included under the topic Early Wesel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wesel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wessel, Wessels, Wessell, Wessells, Wesel, Wesels, Wesseles, Wesells, Weesel, Weessel, Wassell, Wassail, Wessail, Wassel and many more.

Early Notables of the Wesel family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Wesel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Wesel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wesel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Godfret Wesel, aged 23, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
Wesel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Phil Heinr Wesel, who landed in America in 1850 [1]
  • Charles Gustavus Wesel, who landed in Arkansas in 1857 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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