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Early Origins of the Pressler family

The surname Pressler was first found in Lancashire at Preesall, with Hackensall, a township, in the chapelry of Stalmine, parish of Lancaster, union of Garstang, hundred of Amounderness. " 'Pressonede' in the Domesday Survey was estimated at six carucates of land: the tithes were granted by Roger de Poictou to the priory of Lancaster." [1] Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Preesall, held by a steward of the King who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Literally, the place name means "brushwood headland" from the Old Welsh word "pres" + the Old Viking word "hofuth" or the Old English word "heafod." [2] Preshaw is a locality near Upham on the slopes of the South Downs.

Early History of the Pressler family

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Pressler Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Preesall, Presall, Prestall, Presow, Presawe, Prisoe, Priseye, Presoo, Presal, Pristow, Pristowe, Prestoe and many more.

Early Notables of the Pressler family (pre 1700)

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Pressler Ranking

In the United States, the name Pressler is the 12,542nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Pressler migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pressler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Pressler, aged 23, who landed in Galveston, Texas in 1846 aboard the ship "Franziska" [4]
  • Elisabeth Pressler, aged 50, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1876 [4]
  • Mary Pressler, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Elbe" from Bremen & Southampton [5]
  • Georg Pressler, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Southwark" from Antwerp, Belgium [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pressler (post 1700) +

  • Menahem Pressler (1923-2023), German-born Israeli-American pianist and academic teacher
  • Herman Paul Pressler III (b. 1930), American retired jurist, Texas State Representative for Harris County (1957-1959), Judge of the 133rd Judicial District in Harris County (1970-1978), Judge of the 14th Texas Court of Appeals (1978-1992)
  • Paul Pressler, American businessman, former President and CEO of Gap, Inc. and Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
  • Mike Pressler (b. 1960), American lacrosse coach
  • Kimberly Pressler (b. 1977), American sports reporter, businesswoman, and former Miss USA
  • Larry Lee Pressler (b. 1942), American Republican politician, Rhodes scholar, United States Senator from South Dakota (1979-1997), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota (1975-1979) [6]
  • Henry C. Pressler, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 9th District, 1968, 1970 [6]
  • Wilford Pressler, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1952 [6]
  • Orville E. Pressler, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1924 [6]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook