The German surname Gensler is derived from the Middle High German word "ganser," which means "gander." Generally it came was a name for people, whose occupation
involved raising geese.
Early Origins of the Gensler family
The surname Gensler was first found in Brunswick, where the name is considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone early development in Europe. The name became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The family name also spread to Thuringia and to East Prussia.
Early History of the Gensler family
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Gensler Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gans, Ganss, Ganse, Gansse, Ganz, Ganze, Gantz and many more.
Early Notables of the Gensler family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gensler family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Hendrich Gans, who came to Philadelphia in 1739; Justus Gans arrived in New Jersey in 1755. Berhard Gans came to New York city in 1761; and Mathias Ganz arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1888..
Contemporary Notables of the name Gensler (post 1700)
- Brett Gensler (b. 1990), American ice hockey player
- Gary Gensler (b. 1957), American 11th chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2009-2014)
- M. Arthur Gensler and Drue Gensler Jr., American co-founders of M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc., an American design and architecture firm headquartered in San Francisco in 1965, now with 46 offices worldwide