Elser History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Elser has two possible origins. In the Lower Rhineland and Westphalia, the name is tends to be derived from the many places in that region called Else, Els, or Elsen. However, the surname tends to be matronymic in Upper Germany and Switzerland, and is derived from the female personal name Else.
Early Origins of the Elser family
The surname Elser was first found in many areas around Germany. The earliest record belongs to Alsace, where Cunrad filius Else was documented in 1323, but within the same century the name appears in various other locations.
Early History of the Elser family
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Elser Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Else, Elsen, Elser, Elsemann, Els, Elss, Elsler, Elsner, Tenelsen, Vanelsen, Elsensohn and many more.
Early Notables of the Elser family (pre 1700)
Notables of the time with the name Elser included Joseph Elsner, composer, born June 1, 1769, at Grodgrau, in Silesia, son of a carpenter who made harpsichords, harps, and other musical instruments. Being intended for the profession of medicine, he had no regular instruction in music beyond a few lessons in harmony from Förster, director of the theatre at Breslau, but early began to compose. A visit to Vienna enabled him greatly to improve himself by...
In the United States, the name Elser is the 13,794th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Elser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Elser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century