Show ContentsGläser History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gläser name comes from the Middle High German "glas," meaning "glass," and as such was an occupational name for a glass blower or glazier.

Early Origins of the Gläser family

The surname Gläser was first found in Prussia, where bearers of the name Gläser held a family seat.

Early History of the Gläser family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gläser research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1615, 1629, 1663, 1670, 1675, 1776 and 1788 are included under the topic Early Gläser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gläser Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Gläser include Glaeser, Glasser, Glaesser, Glazer, Glasse and many more.

Early Notables of the Gläser family

Notable figures of the time with the name Gläser were Christopher Glaser (1615-c.1670), Swiss pharmaceutical chemist and author, best known for his reference Traité de la chymie (Paris, 1663), which went through ten editions...
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Gläser Ranking

In the United States, the name Gläser is the 3,650th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Gläser migration to the United States +

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Gläser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Dietrich Glaser, who settled in America with his wife and three children in 1709
  • Hans Jurg Glaser, who arrived in New York in 1709 [2]
  • Thomas Glaser, who landed in Virginia in 1723 [2]
  • Philip Glaser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728 [2]
  • Lenhart Glaser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [2]
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Gläser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Augustus H Glaser, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1822 [2]
  • Franz Glaser, aged 24, who landed in Missouri in 1841 [2]
  • Louise Glaser, who arrived in America in 1845 [2]
  • Joh Glaser, who arrived in Texas in 1846 aboard the ship "Talisman", he died in 1846 [2]
  • Frederick Glaser, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1846 [2]
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Canada Gläser migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gläser Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Johann Glaser, who settled in Canada in 1783

Contemporary Notables of the name Gläser (post 1700) +

  • Donald Arthur Glaser (1926-2013), American renowned physicist for his invention of the "bubble chamber," for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1960
  • Paul Michael Glaser (b. 1943), born Paul Manfred Glaser, American actor and director, best known for his role as Detective David Starsky on the 1970s television series, Starsky & Hutch
  • James William Glaser (1937-2019), American country music artist from Spalding, Nebraska
  • Thomas Paul "Tompall" Glaser (1933-2013), American Outlaw country music artist
  • Robert Glaser (1921-2012), American educational psychologist
  • Peter Edward Glaser (1923-2014), Czechoslovakian-born American scientist and aerospace engineer
  • Milton Glaser (b. 1929), American graphic designer, known for his I heart NY logo and the DC Comics bullet logo, fo-founder of New York Magazine in 1968
  • Judith E. Glaser, American author, academic, business executive, founder and chief executive officer of Benchmark Communications, Inc
  • Elizabeth Glaser (1947-1994), née Meyer, American AIDS activist and child advocate, wife of actor and director Paul Michael Glaser
  • Daniel L. Glaser, American politician and diplomat, Assistant Secretary for the Department of the Treasury of the United States
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  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) on Facebook