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

The surname Meichsner belongs to a class of local surname, which are derived from the place where the original bearer lived or held land. Meichsner is a habitational surname, and is derived from an already- existing place name. The original bearer of the surname Meichsner lived in the town of Meissen, in the Saxony region of Germany.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Meissner, Meisner, Misener, Meissener, Meisener, Misner, Meixner, Meichsner, Mechsner, Mexner and many more.

First found in Meissen, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. The name refers to the city or principality of Meissen, now a part of Saxony. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meichsner research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1372, 1411, 1436, 1753, 1803, 1822, 1848, and 1866 are included under the topic Early Meichsner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 78 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meichsner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Hans Joachim Meissner, who came to Philadelphia in 1753. He was followed by Georg Meissner, who came in 1754. Many Meissners came to Texas, including C.W. Meissner in 1855.

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The Meichsner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meichsner 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.

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