Elsner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Elsner 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 Elsner family

The surname Elsner 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 Elsner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elsner 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 Elsner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Elsner 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 Elsner family (pre 1700)

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


United States Elsner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Elsner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicolaus Elsner, who arrived in America in 1783 [1]
Elsner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Reinhard Elsner, aged 22, who arrived in Missouri in 1848 [1]
  • J. Elsner, who sailed to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1851
  • Aug Elsner, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1851 [1]
  • Johann Elsner and his wife, who settled in Texas in 1855
  • Jacob Elsner, aged 32, who landed in New York, NY in 1860 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Elsner (post 1700) +

  • Patricia Elsner, American silver medalist diver at the 1948 Olympics
  • Hannelore Elsner (1942-2019), German actress who had 18 wins with 225 film appearances
  • Marko Elsner (1960-2020), Slovenian footballer who played as a defender


  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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