Gesell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gesell family

The surname Gesell was first found in Switzerland, where the family came from the estate of Grueningen in the canton of Zurich, and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging medieval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status through their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Gesell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gesell research. Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1745, 1673, 1740, 1697, 1704, 1707, 1715, 1707, 1773, 1734, 1800, 1707, 1783, 1707, 1783 and 1307 are included under the topic Early Gesell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gesell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gessler, Gesler, Gesseler, Giselherr, Geseller and others.

Early Notables of the Gesell family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time with the surname Gesell were Georg Gsell (1673-1740), Swiss Baroque painter, art consultant and art dealer. He was born in St. Gallen where he married his first wife in 1697. They moved to Amsterdam in 1704 where their fifth daughter Katharina was born in 1707. His wife died and he remarried Anna Horstmans, but divorced her in 1715. Gsell died, aged 67, in St. Petersburg and his wife...
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gesell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gesell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gesell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Gesell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Joh Bernhart Gesell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Joh Leonhard Gesell, aged 31, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Leonard Gesell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Peter Gesell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [1]
Gesell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Philip Gesell, aged 46, who landed in New York in 1836 [1]
  • Stephan Gesell, who arrived in America in 1851 [1]
  • Gerh Gesell, who arrived in America in 1863 [1]
  • Gustave Adolph Gesell, who arrived in Mississippi in 1898 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gesell (post 1700) +

  • Arnold Lucius Gesell (1880-1961), American psychologist and pediatrician who helped develop the field of child development who developed The Gesell Developmental Schedules, eponym of The Gesell Institute of Child Development
  • Gerhard Alden Gesell (1910-1993), United States federal judge who presided over trials of the Watergate Seven in 1974
  • Silvio Gesell (1862-1930), German merchant, theoretical economist, social activist, anarchist and founder of Freiwirtschaft
  • Claudia Andrea Barbara Gesell (b. 1977), former German middle distance runner
  • Kurt Gesell (b. 1941), Canadian former provincial politician, MLA for Clover Bar (1989-1993)


  1. ^ 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)


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