The roots of the distinguished German surname Gesser lie in the region of Bavaria
. The name is derived from the German word "Gasse," meaning "street, alley," and denotes someone who lives either on the main road of the village or in an alley.
Early Origins of the Gesser family
The surname Gesser was first found in Bavaria
, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. One of the earliest known bearers of the name was Arnold in der gassen, who was a citizen of Ober-Alpfen in 1266.
Early History of the Gesser family
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Gesser Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gasser, Gassier, Gässler, Gassner, Gassur, Gaster, Gesser, Gesner, Gauser, Gausser, Casser, Kasser, Kausser, Kauser, Gassaway, Gasse, Gass, Gess, Gässer, Gässner and many more.
Early Notables of the Gesser family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gesser family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Bernard Gassner, who settled in Louisiana in 1720 with his wife and their two children, Peter Gasser and his wife Magdalena Springer, who came to Pennsylvania in 1738 with their four children, Franziskus Gasser, a Hessian mercenary who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia after fighting in the American Revolution, Casper Gassner, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1743.
Contemporary Notables of the name Gesser (post 1700)
- Jason John Gesser (b. 1979), American college football coach and former player, current Assistant Director of Development at Washington State University
- Samuel "Sam" Gesser CM (1930-2008), Canadian impresario, record producer and writer