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The name Nusser reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Nusser family lived in Leicestershire. The name, however, is a reference to Noiers, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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The surname Nusser was first found in Leicestershire where they were Lords of the manor of Knossington, and where they had been granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086, the family was shown with several spellings, de Noiers, de Noies, de Nouuers, Noers, Nourse. The first Lord of the manor was Simon de Noers, and he was succeeded by Robert de Nowers, Lord of the manor of Knossington in 1278.

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Nusser family name include Nourse, Norse, Nurse, Nowers, Noers, Noies and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nusser research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nusser History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Nusser family to immigrate North America:

Nusser Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Nusser, who landed in Virginia in 1650

Nusser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Georg Christian Nusser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Johann Wilhelm Nusser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Jacob Nusser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772

Nusser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Christian Nusser, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Joseph Nusser, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Julie Nusser, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Englebert Nusser, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860
  • John Nusser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1864


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