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The origins the old family name Messerli can be found within medieval Austria. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Germany, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Messerli family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Messerli was an occupational name for a knife maker. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old German word messer, meaning knife, and is often attached to the word schmidt, meaning smith or craftsman.

Messerli Early Origins



The surname Messerli was first found in Austria, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Chronicles first mention Niklaus Messer of Freiburg in 1369, Peter Messersmidel of Iglau in 1385, and Johann Melczer der Messer of Breslau in 1370. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Messerli Spelling Variations


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Messerli Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Messerli include Messer, Messen, Messe, Messa, Meser, Messerer, Messerschmidt, Messerschmitt, Messerschmied, Messerle, Messerli, Messerlee, Messerly and many more.

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Messerli Early History


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Messerli Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Messerli research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1835, 1685, 1735 and 1835 are included under the topic Early Messerli History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Messerli Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Messerli Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Messerli were Daniel Gottlieb Messerschmidt (1685-1735), a German physician, naturalist and geographer; Lord Messerschmidt, the Lord of Wittbeck and...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Messerli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Messerli or a variant listed above:

Messerli Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Messerli arrived in Philadelphia in 1749

Messerli Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Messerli, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Switzerland, in 1892
  • Fransiska Messerli, aged 4, who settled in America from Switzerland, in 1892
  • Maria Messerli, aged 2, who emigrated to America from Switzerland, in 1892

Messerli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emma Messerli, aged 24, who landed in America from Kolicken, Switzerland, in 1907
  • Gottfried Messerli, aged 38, who landed in America from Bimpliz, Switzerland, in 1908
  • Karl Messerli, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Berne, Switzerland, in 1912
  • Hanna Messerli, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Kolliken, Switzerland, in 1914
  • Rudolf Messerli, aged 20, who landed in America from Steffesburg, Switzerland, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    5. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    8. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    11. ...

    The Messerli Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Messerli 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 22 January 2014 at 14:08.

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