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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Nassau, Nassow, Nasau, Naso, Nasso, Nassokin, von Nassau and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many royal branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. It was the seat of the old Counts of Holland. Seat of one of the oldest families is Brederode Castle near Haarlem. There are many old and quaint towns in the province. including Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Edam, and Monnikendam. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of royalty as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nassau research. Another 336 words (24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nassau History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nassau Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • M. Nassau, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1810
  • Carl Nassau, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1852

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