Gensler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

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)

Notables of the time included Eduard Ganz (1797-1839) was a German jurist born in Berlin, who taught law at the university. He was a liberal thinker and his course in Modern History was banned by the Prussian government. Adolf Ganz, born Oct. 14, 1796, was a violinist who studied harmony under Hollbusch; conductor at Mayence (1819), Capellmeister to the Grand Duke of Hesse Darmstadt (1825); composed a melodrama, overtures, marches, Lieder, and choruses for men's voices. His brother, Moritz, a cellist of the old school, born 1804, was first cello under Adolph at Mayence, and (1826) in the royal band at Berlin, where...
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Migration of the Gensler family

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) +

  • Millard Arthur Gensler Jr. (1935-2021), American architect and entrepreneur, co-founder of Gensler with his wife Drue Gensler, a global design and architecture firm with 50 offices worldwide
  • Brett Gensler (b. 1990), American ice hockey player
  • Gary Gensler (b. 1957), American 11th chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2009-2014) on Facebook