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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elser research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1357, 1381, 1382, 1388, 1412, 1433, 1436, 1475, 1476, 1549, and 1576 are included under the topic Early Elser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

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

Elser Ranking

In the United States, the name Elser is the 13,794th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Elser migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Elser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Peter Elser, who immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Peter Elser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [2]
Elser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Elser, who arrived in Baltimore in 1834
  • Kasper Elser, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1856
  • Wendelin Elser, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 [2]
  • William Elser, who arrived in Arkansas in 1888 [2]
  • Jacob Elser, who arrived in Arkansas in 1888 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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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