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Where did the German Glessner family come from? What is the German Glessner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Glessner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Glessner family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Glasau, Glaser, Glas, Glesau, Gleser, Glossauer, Gleissenaur, Klassau and many more.

First found in Prussia, where the name emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glessner research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1740 and 1787 are included under the topic Early Glessner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glessner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Glessner, who came to Maryland in 1833
  • William Glessner, who landed in Maryland in 1833
  • Ludwick Glessner, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1834

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  • Katherine Glessner (b. 1986), American rower
  • Thomas Glessner, President of the National Institute for Family Life Advocate (NIFLA)
  • John Jacob Glessner (1843-1936), partner in the firm of Warder, Bushnell & Glessner, a farm machinery manufacturer headquartered in Springfield, Ohio, but probably best known for his house in Chicago designe by architect Henry Hobson Richardson and is now a museum
  • John Y. Glessner, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1864
  • John G. M. Glessner, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1916, 1924; Candidate for New Hampshire State Senate 2nd District, 1916
  • Mrs. J. G. M. Glessner, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from New Hampshire, 1924
  • A. S. Glessner, American politician, Village President of Coldwater, Michigan, 1857-58
  • German Glessner, Argentine Olympic skeleton racer who competed from 1996 to 2006


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  1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  2. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  7. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  8. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  9. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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The Glessner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Glessner Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 16 November 2015 at 11:29.

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