This name is usually matronymic in origin, derived from the first name of the mother of the original bearer. In this case, the surname Neisen stems from Nesensohn, which means the "son of Agnes." Agnes, from the Latin "agnus" for lamb, was a women's name which owed much of its popularity to the 4th century Roman martyr Agnes, the patron saint of virgins. The surname Neisen may also stem from the Middle High German word "Neser," referring to a "back-pack," and thus, may sometimes have originated in a nickname
. In the Middle Ages, the surname became popular as Nese and Nethe. In the Lower Rhineland
, the suffix "-ke" is often added to the name.
Early Origins of the Neisen family
The surname Neisen was first found in Southwestern Germany
. A councilman from Kassel was recorded in 1350 as Johan Agnetis, in 1370 as Henne vern Agnesen, in 1371 as Johan Virin Angnesen, and in 1373 as Johan ver Angenesen. His son, Johan Agnesin was a citizen of Kassel in 1424. H. Agneter was recorded Mähren in 1382, and Heinrich Nesensohn, a minister from Hasenweiler in Ravensburg, in 1387. Benz and Heinrich die Agneser from Wellendingen in Rottweil were recorded in 1403. Records show Nesen Hans von Waltersweier in Offenburg in 1423, and Johan Agnese, a revenue writer, in Felsberg in Hesse in 1476. Ludwig Nesen from Bisingen in Hechingen was recorded in 1470, Peter Neser, a holy nurse from Stuehlingen in Waldshut, in 1472, and Johann Nesser, a procurator consistorii from Ensisheimensis, in 1570.
Early History of the Neisen family
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Neisen Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Nesen, Neesen, Neese, Nehse, Nesemann, Nesensohn, Neser, Neeser, Neseke, Neske, Nesgen, Agnesen and many more.
Early Notables of the Neisen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Neisen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Neisen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Barthel Neisen, who arrived in Illinois in 1871 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Neisen (post 1700)
- Taylor Neisen, American model and beauty pageant winner, Miss South Dakota USA 2012