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

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.


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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. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  4. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  5. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. 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. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. 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.

This page was last modified on 26 February 2016 at 06:03.

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