Dresser History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Dresser derives from a few different sources. In some instances, it was a local surname, derived from a place named Dreshcer in the region of Thuringia. In the Holy Roman Empire, hereditary surnames derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Dresser was also an occupational surname derived from the word German word "drescher," which denotes a thresher of grain. As surnames began to be used, many adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname.

Early Origins of the Dresser family

The surname Dresser was first found in Thuringia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Dresser family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dresser research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1533, 1580 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Dresser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dresser Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Drescher, Dresch, Dresche, Dresher, Dresh, Dreshe, Dresher and many more.

Early Notables of the Dresser family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dresser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dresser migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dresser Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Dresser, who arrived in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1643 [1]
Dresser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph David Dresser, aged 33, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Telman Dresser, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
Dresser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R Dresser, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dresser (post 1700) +

  • Mark Dresser (b. 1952), American double bass player and composer
  • Louise Dresser (1878-1965), born Louise Josephine Kerlin, an American actress active from 1922 to 1928
  • Paul Dresser (1857-1906), born Johann Paul Dreiser, Jr., an American singer, songwriter, and comedic actor, inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970
  • Solomon Robert Dresser (1842-1911), American inventor and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1903-1907)
  • Julius A. Dresser (1838-1893), American early leader in the New Thought movement
  • Horatio Willis Dresser (1866-1954), American New Thought religious leader and author
  • Christopher Dresser (1834-1904), Scottish designer and design theorist


  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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