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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.

Dresser Early Origins



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.

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Dresser Spelling Variations


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Dresser Spelling Variations



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

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Dresser Early History


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Dresser Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dresser research. Another 175 words (12 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.

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Dresser Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dresser Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Dresser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph David Dresser, aged 33, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Telman Dresser, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Dresser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R Dresser, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dresser (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    5. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
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    The Dresser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dresser 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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