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The origin of the proud surname Risser can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republi c. In the Middle Ages, many of the Bohemians were a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the Feudal System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travel became more prevalent, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Risser family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. The name goes back to the mediaeval German "ris" or "risle," which meant literally "branch" or "twig,"and the surname was an occupational name for a wood carver.

Risser Early Origins



The surname Risser was first found in Bohemia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. They later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Chronicles first mention Clesse Reysse of Mainz in 1444, and Leonhart Reiser of Nuremberg in 1443. The name goes back to the mediaeval German "ris" or "risle," which meant literally "branch" or "twig." Reisser could also refer to a wood carver.

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Risser Spelling Variations


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Risser Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Reis, Reisle ( Bavaria, Swabia), Reiss, Reisse, Riess, Ries, Reise, Reisz, Reiser, Reisser, Riser, Reysse, Reys, Reyss, Rice, Ris, Risse, Rise, Risle and many more.

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Risser Early History


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Risser Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Risser research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1505, 1606, 1645, 1870, and 1897 are included under the topic Early Risser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Risser Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Risser Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Risser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Risser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Risser, aged 27, landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

Risser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Marie Risser, aged 1, landed in New York, NY in 1832
  • Johann Risser, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • Katharina Risser, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • Abraham Risser, aged 11, landed in New York, NY in 1832
  • Catharine Risser, aged 42, arrived in New York, NY in 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Risser (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Risser (post 1700)



  • Fred E. Risser (1900-1971), American lawyer and politician, Member of the Wisconsin State Senate
  • Fred A. Risser (b. 1927), American politician, President of the Wisconsin Senate (2012-2013), Member of the Wisconsin Senate (1962-)
  • Wilko Rudi Risser (b. 1982), Namibian footballer
  • Oliver Hanjorge Risser (b. 1980), Namibian international footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    7. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    8. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    9. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
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    The Risser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Risser 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.

    This page was last modified on 28 August 2014 at 20:37.

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