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The Heiser surname is a South German and Austrian variant of Hiess, which derives from a short form of the personal name Mathies. In some instances, the name was a variant of Heuss. The Heyse variant is more commonly found in Northern Germany.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Heiss, Heise, Heisel, Heisler, Heyse and others.

First found in Bavaria and the South.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heiser research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1512, 1514, 1565, 1573, 1640, 1704, and 1726 are included under the topic Early Heiser History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Heiser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heiser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Heiser, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Heinrich Heiser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Carl Heiser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Engelhart Heiser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johann Jacob Heiser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750


Heiser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Godfrey Heiser, who landed in New York in 1832
  • Frederick Heiser, who landed in New York in 1838
  • Martha Heiser, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • Henry Heiser, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853
  • Conrad Heiser, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1880


Heiser Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Margretha Heiser, aged 15, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Elisabeth Heiser, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1901
  • Emilie Heiser, aged 5, landed in New York, NY in 1901
  • Friedrich Heiser, aged 8, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Eva Heiser, aged 13, arrived in New York, NY in 1901


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  • Lori Heiser, American politician, former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Paul W. Heiser, American aurora scientist at Scott Base, eponym of the Mount Heiser, Antarctica
  • James R. Heiser, American topographic engineer with the Neptune Range field party, eponym of the Heiser Ridge, Antarctica
  • Le Roy Barton Heiser (b. 1942), retired American Major League Baseball player
  • Bill Heiser (b. 1973), retired American soccer defender
  • Michael S. Heiser, American Christian author, best known for his books The Façade and The Bible Code Myth
  • Charles Heiser, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Bayonne, New Jersey, 1947-51; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1948
  • Albert C. Heiser, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1912
  • Gernot Heiser (b. 1957), Australian Scientia Professor and the John Lions Chair for operating systems at the University of New South Wales


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  1. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
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The Heiser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heiser 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 11:54.

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