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Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia. Westphalia, the home of the name Sasser. When hereditary surnames were adopted in this region, after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities were quite common. These "local" surnames originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the use of the preposition has often long since been dropped from use. The Sasser family originally lived in Saxony. The original bearer of the name Sasser was a person that was born or that had lived in the region of Lower (northern) Saxony, which is essentially the modern German state named Saxony. This name would have been given to the original bearer of the name after they had migrated from Lower Saxony to another region of Germany, namely Westphalia. The Saxons, who were a Germanic tribe, dwelled in northern Germany and along the Baltic coast during the Roman era. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Saxons migrated south and west. By the 5th century, the Saxon and Angle tribes held most of England. The Saxon language became one of the precursors of the English language.

Sasser Early Origins



The surname Sasser was first found in Westphalia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Sasser Spelling Variations


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Sasser Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Sasser include Sasse, Sass, Sasser, Sase, Saser, Sassen, Sasen, Zasse, Zasser and many more.

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Sasser Early History


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Sasser Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sasser research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1779 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Sasser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sasser Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sasser Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sasser 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



Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North Ameri ca. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them: Heinrich Sasse and Erdmann Sasse, both of whom came to Canada with the Empire loyalists in 1783. Johann Sass arrived in Texas in 1855; as did August Sasse, Dorethea Sasse, and Heinrich Sasse..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sasser (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sasser (post 1700)



  • Robert Doffell Sasser (b. 1975), former American Major League Baseball player
  • Clarence Eugene Sasser (b. 1947), former United States Army soldier and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor
  • Grant Sasser (b. 1964), retired American professional ice hockey player
  • Jeryl Henry Braxton Sasser (b. 1979), American professional basketball player
  • Jason Jermane Sasser (b. 1974), American professional basketball player
  • Mack Daniel Sasser (b. 1962), former American professional baseball catcher
  • James Ralph Sasser (b. 1936), American Senator from Tennessee (1977-1995)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    2. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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    The Sasser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sasser 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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