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The surname Engesser was first found in Austria, where the family name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Engesser, Enggesser, Engasser, Engasser, Ungesser, Ungerer and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Engesser research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Engesser History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Engesser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Engesser, who settled in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • Charles Engesser, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • Rosine Engesser, who arrived in New York in 1871
  • Charles Engesser, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1872
  • Peter Engesser, who came to Pennsylvania in 1880

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  • William Engesser (1939-2002), American movie actor who stood 7'3", known for his roles as Jerry Reed's bodyguard in Gator (1976) and Richard/"Bigfoot" in The Secrets of Isis (1975)
  • Stewart Engesser, American award-winning writer, producer, actor, director and musician


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  1. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  4. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  8. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
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The Engesser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Engesser 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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