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Spelling variations of this family name include: Plesse, Plesses, Plese, Pless, Ples, Plessez, Pleese, Pleesse, Pleess, Pleasse, Please and many more.

First found in Hamburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. Plesse is also connected to several place names in the Holstein region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plesse research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1811 is included under the topic Early Plesse History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Plesse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Andreas Plesse, who came to Philadelphia in 1752
  • Johan Hinrich Plesse, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754

Plesse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Dietr Hrch Plesse, who arrived in America in 1849

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  1. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  2. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  6. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  9. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Plesse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Plesse 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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