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The surname Plesse was 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.

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


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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. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  3. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  4. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  5. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  8. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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