The surname Essen was first found in Hessen, where the name was closely identified in the early period of history with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout Europe. The name would later emerge as an influential noble family, having many distinguished branches, and well known for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Important Dates for the Essen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Essen research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1745 and 1833 are included under the topic Early Essen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Essen Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Essen, Essendorf, Essendorffer, Essenius, Esser, Esserden, Essellen and many more.
Early Notables of the Essen family (pre 1700)
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Essen migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Essen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
James Essen, who settled in Philadelphia in 1811
Catharina Essen, who settled in New York, NY in 1849
Nartin Huber Essen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849
Catharina Essen, aged 21, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 
Nartin Huber Essen, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849 
Contemporary Notables of the name Essen (post 1700)
Frederick Essen (1863-1946), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1912; U.S. Representative from Missouri 10th District, 1918-19 
Viola Essen (1917-1961), American born of Romanian parents, was a dramatic actor
David C Van Essen Ph.D., American Edison Professor of Neurobiology and head of the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine
Louis Van Den Essen, American politician, Representative from New York 2nd District, 1982 
William J. Van Essen, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1922, 1922, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1952; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 35th District, 1926 
Louis Essen (1908-1997), English physicist, most famous for determining the precise measurement of time and the speed of light
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